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Saving/Loading Arrays

Posted on 2003-03-03
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Last Modified: 2010-04-07
I'd like to Save/Load Arrays in/out of files...
Does anyone know how to do this... maybe something like the old BASIC BLoad/BSave? I'd like to save the contents of a datum? example...

Data(i).etc ...

Is their an easy way to do this, im sure there is ;)
Question by:tampabay420

Author Comment

ID: 8057215
This is currently how i save my data (text file), although i'd like to see a more intellegent way of doing this...

Open oFile For Input As #1
    Do While Not EOF(1)
        Input #1, nline
        X = Split(nline, "|")
    For k = 0 To Fields
        If X(0) = crfdata(k).name Then crfdata(k).value = X(1)
    Next k
Close #1


Dim SaveName As String
SaveName = "c:\faorientation\autorecover.crf"
Open SaveName For Output As #1
    For i = 0 To Fields
        If crfdata(i).value <> "" And crfdata(i).name <> "" Then Print #1, Trim(crfdata(i).name & "|" & Replace(crfdata(i).value, Chr$(13), ""))
    Next i
Close #1

Expert Comment

ID: 8057922
You can also deal with random files (using data types) or even with binary files;
A trick sometimes I used when I was in a hurry, was the following:
Warning: the following is *NOT* really professional!
Option Explicit

Private Sub Command1_Click()
Dim myArray(10) As String
Dim thePrintable As Variant
Dim intCounter As Integer
For intCounter = 0 To 10
   myArray(intCounter) = "Item " & intCounter + 1
'thePrintable = myArray
Open "c:\myTest.txt" For Binary As #1
   Put #1, 1, myArray
Close #1
End Sub
Private Sub Command2_Click()
Dim myArray As String
Dim theResult() As String
myArray = Space(FileLen("c:\myTest.txt"))
Open "c:\myTest.txt" For Binary As #1
   Get #1, 1, myArray
Close #1
myArray = Right(myArray, Len(myArray) - 2)
myArray = Replace(myArray, Chr(0), "")
myArray = Replace(myArray, Chr(6), vbCrLf)
myArray = Replace(myArray, Chr(7), vbCrLf)
theResult = Split(myArray, vbCrLf)

End Sub

Expert Comment

ID: 8061521
if define UDT in public object module(public class in dll, etc), use PropertyBag is easy

Public Type UDT
    Name As String
    Value As Variant
End Type

Sub SaveArray(ByVal FileName As String, Data() As UDT)
    Dim pb As PropertyBag
    Dim ba() As Byte 'Byte Array
    Dim nFN As Integer 'FileNumber
    'Data to ByteArray
    Set pb = New PropertyBag
    pb.WriteProperty "Data()", Data
    ba = pb.Contents
    Set pb = Nothing
    'Save to file
    nFN = FreeFile()
    Open FileName For Binary Access Write Lock Write As #nFN
    Put nFN, 1, ba
    Close nFN
End Sub

Function LoadArray(ByVal FileName As String) As UDT()
    Dim pb As PropertyBag
    Dim ba() As Byte 'Byte Array
    Dim nFN As Integer 'FileNumber
    'load from file
    nFN = FreeFile()
    Open FileName For Binary Access Read Lock Write As #nFN
    Get nFN, 1, ba
    Close nFN
    'ByteArray to Data
    Set pb = New PropertyBag
    pb.Contents = ba
    LoadArray = pb.ReadProperty("Data()")
End Function

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Expert Comment

ID: 8105560
This is similiar to the above, though different enough.
I get the entire file all at once like:

    intHandle = FreeFile
    Open strFileName$ For Binary As #intHandle
    strFileData = Space$(LOF(intHandle))
    Get #intHandle, , strFileData
    Close #intHandle

It is a lot quicker than looping if the file is big.
Then to put it into an array:

'This will split the file into an array based upon a pipe delimiter.
aryItems = split(strFileData, "|")

To get it back to a file:
strFileData = Join(aryItems, "|")
intHandle = FreeFile
open strFileName$ for Output as #intHandle
print #intHandle, strFileData
close #intHandle

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tampabay420, an EE Moderator will handle this for you.
Moderator, my recommended disposition is:

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