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Is there a VB.NET equivalent to READ / DATA in  basic?

Posted on 2014-02-20
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I want to fill an array   Values(20,20) with 400 distinct values.  In the old days I could do this with 20 lines of code like this:
DATA 3,12,24,25,67,234 (and so forth)

And then simply "read" the data lines into my array.  
How can I fill my array with data without using an external file or database, but just using lines of code without having to do it manually (i.e. Values(1,1) = 3  Values(1,2) = 12  Values(1,3) = 24)  Manually would be so time consuming.  Is there a nice equivalent to READ/DATA commands in old basic that can quickly fill an array in .NET basic?
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Jacques Bourgeois (James Burger) earned 2000 total points
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There is not direct equivalent, but you can initialize the values of an array when you declare it.

This is the syntax for a single dimension array:

            Dim x() As Integer = {3, 12, 24, 25, 67, 234}

And here is the syntax for a two dimensions array:

            Dim y(,) As Integer = {{3, 12, 24}, {25, 67, 234}}

Note that arrays are always initialized at an index of 0, and there is not way such as Option Base to change that, so the last one would give you

y(0,0)=3
y(0,1)=12
y(0,2)=24
y(1,0)=25
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