Array, Array, who has got the array?
gizmotron at earthlink.net
Sun Feb 29 10:26:34 CST 2004
On Saturday, February 28, 2004, at 08:16 PM, Mark MacKenzie wrote:
> Good evening (or morning). My current project could probably stand to
> have at least one array in it to handle complicated groupings of data.
> However, I have never used one or created one before.
> I looked at the excellent Frogsbreath.rev project but quite frankly
> couldn't undrestand the actual workings and how they might apply to my
It's 7:00 AM on the west coast of the USA and I'm watching Tiger Woods
play golf... go figure
That frogBreath.rev project was mine. I needed a device that could
store pages of text in individual containers. I wanted to be able to
let the user change the order of the pages, like for example moving
page 30 to page location 38 and automatically correcting the order of
the rest of the pages. I wanted to add new pages to the end or
somewhere in between. I wanted to delete pages. In order to do this
with an array I had to come up with a naming convention that used
numbers for keys.
In an array you associate the data you wish to recall with a key to
recall it with. When I created the array manipulation example I assumed
the use of sequential numbers starting at 1 for the first key. So if I
wanted to store some text I would just put my text into an array at key
"1." Later I can get my needed text by asking for the text that is
stored at key "1."
It looks like this:
put "What does Blowfish and frogBreath have in common?" into myArray
put the text of field "pages" into myArray
To get data out of the array you need to ask for it using the
associated key. That looks like this:
put myArray into zap
put myArray into zapPage2
-- I use zap for a var because that is the feeling & sound of electrons
You can use numbers of characters as keys to store data in your arrays.
You can use keys like "theDate", "theDay", "theMonth", "theAddress1",
You could use functions to create keys like:
put date() into zap
put "I have an appointment today at 3:00" into myArray[zap]
Later you can call the data by asking for it by the date/key.
put myArray[02/29/04] into whatDoIHavetoDoToday
Note: in some instances you might need to use quotes with your keys:
like: put myArray["02/29/04"] into whatDoIHavetoDoToday
Hope this helps,
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