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Subject: Re: FLASH: Help with arrays
From: John Dowdell
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2000 20:32:20 GMT

At 2:47 AM 10/31/0, nick stevenson wrote:
> I believe an array would be the best way of doing this, but
> I am unsure how to initialise an array, generate the above
> values on the fly & also how to access & use these values.

I know I sound like a wuss here, but the documentation can help! Check
through the entries under "array" in the dictionary, and run a small test
of each function in a testing movie.... just make it in a frame script, use
the "trace" statement to see what you're getting, and preview to check
values.

Tip: Watch out for manipulating lots and lots of data at once. Strings are
usually among the slowest data types to manipulate, so parsing a large text
file could be a big hit.

Tip: Once you can visualize the type of incoming data structure you'll
have, and the outgoing data display you'll create, try a few test movies
first with just a small sample of data... oftentimes by sleeping on a few
experiments you'll come up with an easier and cleaner way to set up a
structure.

Just two cents, and your mileage may vary, but hope these observations of
others' experience could help some in this case.

jd





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