Serialising arrays

viktoras d. viktoras at
Tue Apr 14 02:30:16 EDT 2009

Hi Steve,

arrayEncode outputs an array in binary form (for binary storage or 
transfer), not text. When you need to transform array into list do: 
combine myArray using return and tab. After this array myArray becomes a 
list of key-value pairs:
key    value
key   value
key   value
key   value

Now if you do
split myArray by return and tab
myArray becomes an array again.


Steve Checkley wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm storing data in an application using arrays and I need to save 
> these out to a file.
> I've serialised the data using the arrayEncode function but can't 
> decode it back again.
> The structure of the save file is to place a marker such as 
> <productList>, add a return character, then the serialised array, 
> another return character and then a closing marker, </productList> in 
> this case.
> When viewed in a text editor, it looks like:
> <productsList>
> random characters
> more randomeness
> </productsList>
> Using lineOffSet, I'm finding the first and last lines of the 
> serialised array. It's when I come to decode the array that it falls 
> over.
> Any pointers? Is this the best way to save arrays to text?
> Thanks in advance,
> Steve
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