problem with counting words

Peter M. Brigham pmbrig at
Wed Oct 15 22:18:47 EDT 2014

On Oct 14, 2014, at 3:45 PM, Richard Gaskin wrote:

> function nDepth
>   get param(1)
>   repeat with i = 2 to paramCount() step 2
>      set the itemDel to param(i+1)
>      get item param(i) of it
>   end repeat
>   return it
> end nDepth

Another one to add to my collection. Thanks, Richard!

If you don't have to deal with nested itemdelims, here's a function to use for the simple case:

function getItem tList,tIndex,tDelim
   -- returns item # tIndex of tList, given itemdelimiter = tDelim
   -- could just "get item tIndex of tList" in the calling handler but
   --    then have to set and restore the itemDelimiter, so this is less hassle
   -- defaults to tDelim = comma
   if tDelim = empty then put comma into tDelim
   set the itemdelimiter to tDelim
   return item tIndex of tList
end getItem


   put getItem(tList,3,"/") into tName

is simpler than

   put the itemDel into oldDelim
   set the itemDel to "/"
   put item 3 of tList into tName
   set the itemDel to oldDelim
and you don't risk forgetting to reset the itemDelim, which I often forget to do, especially in repeat loops….

-- Peter

Peter M. Brigham
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