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Difference between array,list and map

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HI Experts,

I want to know the difference between arrays,list and map and when is best to use them.

Thanks.
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by:Lukasz Chmielewski
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The difference between array and list is that you can use array with keys which are not varibles, list assigns the array values to list vars, array_map applies the function to the array elements. Take a look at the examples at manual pages:

http://pl2.php.net/manual/en/function.array.php
http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.list.php
http://php.net/manual/en/function.array-map.php
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by:dvcphp
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Thanks Genius but I am still confused as to when to use one over the other.
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by:Lukasz Chmielewski
ID: 36712516
The most cases - you use array, basicaly it depends on what you want to do.
Let's make examples:

<?php

// lets's make an array
$a = array(1, 2, 3);

// show me the array
print_r($a);

// let's make a list
list($first, $second, $third) = $a;

// list is like an array keys, but you can acces them with 
// variable name like $first, not with $a[0]
echo $first;

?>

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by:Lukasz Chmielewski
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Or more complete one:

<?php


function addone($n)
{
    return($n + 1);
}



// lets's make an array
$a = array(1, 2, 3);

// show me the array
print_r($a);

// let's make a list
list($first, $second, $third) = $a;

// list is like an array keys, but you can acces them with 
// variable name like $first, not with $a[0]
echo $first;

$aa = array_map("addone", $a);
print_r($aa);
?>

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Lukasz Chmielewski earned 500 total points
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In most of the cases you would use an array as it is the simplest way of gathering the values.
You would use the list to assign variables to an array elements, and mapping is useful for appying the function to array elements - square function, addition, any defined.
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by:dvcphp
ID: 36712724
Thank you.You explained it so well.Easy to understand.Thanks again.
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by:Lukasz Chmielewski
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Thanks. If any further questions, feel free to ask here.
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