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Posted on 2006-07-04
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I have some code --
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a = new Array();

b = new Array();
b["Eng"] = {relSize:"+0", txt:"Now is the time"} ;
b["Spa"] = {relSize:"+1", txt:"Ahora es el tiempo"} ;

t = "#main";
a[t] = b;

b = new Array();
b["Eng"] = {relSize:"+0", txt:"for all good men"} ;
a["#2nd"] = b;

trace(a.length);  ---- This returns 0 length !
trace(a[t]["Spa"].relSize + ", " + a[t]["Spa"].txt);
trace(a[t]["Eng"].relSize + ", " + a[t]["Eng"].txt);
trace(a["#2nd"]["Eng"].relSize + ", " + a["#2nd"]["Eng"].txt);
===============

This traces out correctly as --
0
+1, Ahora es el tiempo
+0, Now is the time
+0, for all good men
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EXCEPT: Why am I getting 0 length for the "a" array as noted above?

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Question by:Donelson
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Aneesh Chopra earned 500 total points
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Hi,
actual problem here is:

whether you have declared 'a' and 'b' as Array,
but these variables are not anymore holds array

The way you have populated them, you have coverted them to Objects.

To keep them as array, you should populate the values using index

for example:
a[0] = {some value};
a[1] = {some value};
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by:Donelson
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Aha!  Overlap between the array_index " [ ] " method and the object_index method " [ ] "

So. You can have a two-dimensional object!

Is there any way to get the number of properties on these objects?

Thanks, Aneesh.
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by:Aneesh Chopra
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Yes,

there is way to do it:

you can do it using "for(i in Object)" loop

but not, "for(i in Object)" starts from last index to first..


try following code:
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a = new Array();

b = new Array();
b["Eng"] = {relSize:"+0", txt:"Now is the time"} ;
b["Spa"] = {relSize:"+1", txt:"Ahora es el tiempo"} ;

t = "#main";
a[t] = b;

b = new Array();
b["Eng"] = {relSize:"+0", txt:"for all good men"} ;
a["#2nd"] = b;

for ( i in a){
      trace(a[i]["Eng"].relSize + ", " + a[i]["Eng"].txt);
}
-----------

Rgds
Aneesh
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by:Donelson
ID: 17048916
Aneesh

Yes, thanks, I knew about "for(i in foo)", ...

but is there a way to get the number of elements Without Counting them in a loop?

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by:Aneesh Chopra
ID: 17048946
sorry,
no other way....
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by:Donelson
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Thanks Aneesh - nice to speak with you again!
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