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Delete elemnt of the array in coldfusion

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I have 2 arrays . Let call it arr1 and arr2.

I need to delete all ites from arr1 that are not in arr2
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by:erikTsomik
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I am using coldfusion 9
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by:_agx_
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I wouldn't bother deleting the elements.  Just create a new array containing only the elements found in #arr2#. Then use that array instead.

<cfset arr1       = ["a", "c", "f", "g"]>
<cfset arr2       = ["a", "b", "c", "e"]>
<cfset newArray = []>
<cfloop array="#arr1#" index="e1">
      <cfif arrayFindNocase(arr2, e1)>
            <cfset arrayAppend(newArray, e1)>
      </cfif>
</cfloop>

<cfdump var="#newArray#">
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by:erikTsomik
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well i am passing my array by reference so I need to remove items from the array 1
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by:_agx_
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Are you sure about that? Unlike structures, array's usually are not passed by reference.  Not unless they're nested in a structure or something.  

If you really do need a delete, loop through it in reverse. Then delete non-matching elements.

<cfset arr1       = ["a", "c", "f", "g"]>
<cfset arr2       = ["a", "b", "c", "e"]>
<cfloop from="#arrayLen(arr1)#" to="1" index="x" step="-1">
      <cfoutput>#arr1[x]#</cfoutput>
     <cfif not arrayFindNocase(arr2, arr1[x])>
           <cfset arrayDeleteAt(arr1,x)>
      </cfif>
</cfloop>

<cfdump var="#arr1#">
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by:erikTsomik
ID: 36505525
why do we use step -1

I am using cfscript how can i add step to it
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by:_agx_
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Did you verify your array really is passed by reference? If it's not ... your delete won't work anyway.

>> why do we use step -1

Each time you delete, the size of the array changes.  So you must delete in reverse to avoid trying to delete elements that no longer exist. That'll cause an error,.


>> I am using cfscript how can i add step to it

     I'm not sure cfscript supports "step".
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>>  I'm not sure cfscript supports "step".

Well .. you don't really need it. Just decrement instead of increment

for (x = arrayLen(arr1); x >= 1; x--) {
    ... do stuff
}
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by:Zvonko
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Here the "do stuff"
<cfscript>
arr1 = ["a", "c", "f", "g"];
arr2 = ["a", "b", "c", "e"];
for(x=ArrayLen(arr1);x GE 1; x--){
  WriteOutput(arr1[x]);
  if(!ArrayFindNoCase(arr2, arr1[x])){
    ArrayDeleteAt(arr1,x);
  }
}
</cfscript> 

<cfdump var="#arr1#">

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by:_agx_
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Actually remove the writeoutput.  It was just debugging  code that's not doing anything.

<cfscript>
     arr1 = ["a", "c", "f", "g"];
     arr2 = ["a", "b", "c", "e"];
     for(x=ArrayLen(arr1);x GE 1; x--){
        if(!ArrayFindNoCase(arr2, arr1[x])){
          ArrayDeleteAt(arr1,x);
        }
     }
</cfscript>
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