Variable in a 2D array def.

I trying to set up a 2D array where the 1st dim should be equal to the number of database records returned and the 2nd dim is a constant...the number of fields.



My reasoning is that I should be able to express the 1st dim as a variable and within the iteration have:

ReDim Preserve myarray(counter, 5)

Here's the code I'm using:

    aindex=1
    dim q(aIndex,5)
         
    for aIndex = 1 to rec_count
    redim preserve q(aIndex,5)

 Microsoft VBScript compilation error '800a0402'
 Expected integer constant
 /quiz.asp, line 78
 dim q(aIndex,5)
 ------^

If I hardcode the first dim to:
    dim q(5,5) '5 happens to be known to be max possible

the error falls to the redim as:

  Microsoft VBScript runtime error '800a0009'
  Subscript out of range
  /quiz.asp, line 87

I can get my page to work if I don't try to re-dim and I hardcode the 1st dim to my largest known recordset. But I'd like to understand the process. I've seen variables used in 2D arrays elsewhere.

thankx
--steve...
juststeveAsked:
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ASPGuruConnect With a Mentor Commented:
getRows is ADO since the first days....

getRows will give you an 2D array where the first index selects the field and the second selects the record...

look at this example:

' First get the Data
Set RS = Conn.execute("SELECT f1,f2,f3 FROM table WHERE ...")
thaArray = RS.getRows
RS.close : Set RS = Nothing
Conn.close: Set Conn = Nothing

'then: work with it..
for i = 0 to ubound(theArray,2) ' for every record...
   response.write "f1:" theArray(0,i) & "<br>"
   response.write "f2:" theArray(1,i) & "<br>"
   response.write "f3:" theArray(2,i) & "<br>"
next
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ASPGuruCommented:
you can only change the last dimension in an array...
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ASPGuruCommented:
-->>> ReDim Preserve myarray(5, counter)
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ASPGuruCommented:
btw, you don't need to create such an array yourself....


try this:

theArray = theRecordset.getRows

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juststeveAuthor Commented:
I've been meaning to have a look at getRows cuz I know there's some performance advantages. Perhaps you can help me with that....

As soon as I've retrieved my recordset I iterate through each record and stored the fields in the 2D array:

 q(aIndex,1) = rsAnswers("QuizAnswer")
 q(aIndex,2) = rsAnswers("QuizAnswerID")
 q(aIndex,3) = rsAnswers("Result")
 q(aIndex,4) = rsAnswers("Response")

Next I fold those values into the page's HTML, then iterate to get the next record and so on. Then I deallocate the recordset.

What will getRows gain me? It's specific to ASP3.0 isn't it? or is it ADO 2.6? IOW, in lots of corporate installations they only use NT4sp6 - is getRows availible there?

thankx
--steve...
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ASPGuruCommented:
if you need more help, post your code and i will alter it, so it uses getRows...
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