let me rephrase that
dsc at swcp.com
Tue Feb 24 01:25:36 CST 2004
On Monday, February 23, 2004, at 11:39 PM, Thomas McGrath III wrote:
> Which is better for getting multiple pieces of information and acting
> upon them?
> An array, custom property sets and custom properties or delimited
> items in lines in a variable?
Except for character chunks, arbitrary chunk references take time
related to the size of whole value, so unless you always use chunk
repeat loops, this is better only for smaller total values.
Arrays have an overhead, but are great for storing many values. There
are some limitations in passing about as values, but those can be
handled. Currently they cannot be nested, but values can be strings
that can have chunk interpretations. Also, there are ways to use the
arrays that make them look multidimensional. Keys are strings (no
nulls) and elements can be any value except array. Since keys are
strings, be careful with numerical keys; the numberFormat property will
Custom properties and custom property sets persist in stacks except
standalones, so whatever you chose above might be stored this way
Arrays are referenced by name. That can be handy. It might be hard to
remember if age is item 7 or 8.
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