Filter an array by content

Dar Scott Consulting dsc at
Fri Jun 21 10:17:35 EDT 2019

I wonder whether explicitly specifying "wildcard pattern" would fix this.

(I misread your query as referring to arrays with numeric elements, not arrays with numeric keys. Thus, my fascination with the new "where" where one can use "each > 22.2". Even with your use, "where" might be interesting.)

> On Jun 21, 2019, at 1:01 AM, J. Landman Gay via use-livecode <use-livecode at> wrote:
> I spoke too soon. When I tested, I hard-coded a value as the filter string. But when I use a variable, it fails as it did before. The elements of the array all start with a 4-character string followed by an underscore, for example:  ER01_some text here
> My variable contains "ER01":
>  put tVar & "_*" into tFilter
>  filter elements of sArray with tFilter into tNewArray
> No go. I've tried a few different iterations. However, this works:
>  filter elements of sArray with "ER01_*" into tNewArray
> Even with no matches though, Tom was right. Looping through the keys takes 0.03 milliseconds. Filtering takes 0.22 ms.
> On 6/21/19 1:38 AM, J. Landman Gay via use-livecode wrote:
>> Thanks to all for the replies. Monte, I didn't see your post until Tom quoted it, for some reason it didn't arrive here.
>> At any rate, I'd already tried "filter elements of..." and it failed which is why I posted. But I must have had my filter wrong because I just tried it again and it worked. So that part's solved.
>> And I found something interesting: when I filter a numeric array, the keys remain attached and since they are numeric, they're in order. Fancy that. :)
>> All is well. Thanks guys.
>> On 6/20/19 11:10 PM, Tom Glod via use-livecode wrote:
>>> A great question Jacque ....Helpful thread all around.
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