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How can I sorting and searching information from a textfile use array?

For instance,    sort names by A.B.C.D...Z
 
                       search person's information by their firstname,lastname and major code  etc.

I don't know to use array,it seems a little complex for me, and I don't understand what textbook showed me.


Waiting for help

regards,  


Ge

 
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The easiest way to think of an array as a list.  A list has 1 or more items that you can look at individually.

Item#1 = Apple
Item#2 = Orange
Item#3 = Grape

Any time you want you can check to see what Item#3 is ("grape").  You don't have to read the entire list, you can just count down 3 items and see what it says.

So in an array this could be:

Food(1) = "Apple"
Food(2) = "Orange"
Food(3) = "Grape"


So if you want to check what the 3rd item in the array/list is, you'd just do something like: writeline Food(3)

Then later if you say IF Food(2) < Food(3) THEN Something what you're asking is if the 2nd item in the list is less than the 3rd item in the list.  If the items are numbers, it's as simple as that.  If the items are text (like this example) then "less than" means alphabetically less (e.g.: A is less than B, B is less than C, etc.)

I'm not going to do your homework for you, but hopefully this answer helps you understand what an array is so you can grasp from here.

Good luck!
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