what form of "split" turns a tab-delimited variable into an array with the first line as keys?

Bob Sneidar bobs at twft.com
Fri Apr 9 11:13:52 EDT 2010

Just had a few rounds with split and combine, and they are not what you think they are. Split takes the first value in a delimited line and that becomes the key. The rest of the items become the elements. The commands are fairly useless for much of anything. 


On Apr 9, 2010, at 12:07 AM, Josh Mellicker wrote:

> Given a variable like this, where the first line is "headers":
> name  [tab]  color  [tab]  food
> Trevor  [tab]  green  [tab]  salad
> Sarah  [tab]  blue  [tab]  pizza
> Richard  [tab]  orange  [tab]  burgers
> David  [tab]  purple  [tab]  fruit
> What is the best way to turn this into an array, where the array keys are the first line of the variable?
> I have tried various forms of "split by" ""split using" and ""split with" but haven't found the right formula. Personally I find the documentation on the various forms of the "split" and "combine" commands a bit scant.
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