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Embed data in script, no data file

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Can data be embedded in a script that can then be read by the script in order to populate an array? I'm trying to elimitate the use of a text file that would have to be around with the data in it and just have one file to distribute. Similar to the old Basic command of "Data" and "Read".

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FileInstall?, you can also use one giant string var and manipulate it's content similar to IniReadSection or so because I believe it uses the approach of RegEx.

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lewisg,

As Authenticity has already proposed: use FileInstall to get your data file into @TempDir, then _FileReadToArray to get the data into your script, and then FileDelete the temporary file. I have done it few times and it works well.

Or use the #Region...#EndRegion feature in SciTE to hide the data within the script so it does not become too cumbersome to work on. There are then many ways to get the data into an array. If you get the separator characters correctly set up, StringSplit might well do the job for you very efficiently - even for 2D arrays.

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ArrayMultiColSort ---- Sort arrays on multiple columns
ChooseFileFolder ---- Single and multiple selections from specified path treeview listing
Date_Time_Convert -- Easily convert date/time formats, including the language used
ExtMsgBox --------- A highly customisable replacement for MsgBox
GUIExtender -------- Extend and retract multiple sections within a GUI
GUIFrame ---------- Subdivide GUIs into many adjustable frames
GUIListViewEx ------- Insert, delete, move, drag, sort, edit and colour ListView items
GUITreeViewEx ------ Check/clear parent and child checkboxes in a TreeView
Marquee ----------- Scrolling tickertape GUIs
NoFocusLines ------- Remove the dotted focus lines from buttons, sliders, radios and checkboxes
Notify ------------- Small notifications on the edge of the display
Scrollbars ----------Automatically sized scrollbars with a single command
StringSize ---------- Automatically size controls to fit text
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Can data be embedded in a script that can then be read by the script in order to populate an array? I'm trying to elimitate the use of a text file that would have to be around with the data in it and just have one file to distribute. Similar to the old Basic command of "Data" and "Read".

Here is an old Basic Data - Read example.

REM Pipe Diameters

Data 100, 150, 225, 300, 375, 450, 525, 600, 675, 750, 825, 900

DIMPD (12):FORP=1 TO 12:READPD (P):NEXTP

Here is an example of two ways to embed data into an AutoIt script.

A StringSplit() example; and ,

Examples of defining and filling an array.

This will give you something to experiment with.

#include <Array.au3>
 
 Local $aData 
 
; Array from string
 Local $sData = "100, 150, 225, 300, 375, 450, 525, 600, 675, 750, 825, 900"
 
 $aData = StringSplit($sData, ",")
 
 _ArrayDisplay($aData)
 
;====== Define and Fill array examples ==========
; Single dimensional array
 Local $aData[12] = [100, 150, 225, 300, 375, 450, 525, 600, 675, 750, 825, 900]
 
 _ArrayDisplay($aData)
 
; 2 dimensional array
 Local $array3x4[3][4] = [["[0][0]", "[0][1]", "[0][2]", StringFormat("[%d][%d]", 0, 3)], _
                          ['[1][0]', '[1][1]', '[1][2]', '[' & 1 & '][' & 3 & ']'], _
                          ['[2][0]', '[2][1]', '[2][2]', '[2][3]']]
 
 _ArrayDisplay($array3x4)
 
; 3 dimensional array
 Local $array2x3x4[2][3][4] = [[['[0][0][0]', '[0][0][1]', "[0][0][2]", '[0][0][3]'], _
                                ['[0][1][0]', '[0][1][1]', '[0][1][2]', '[0][1][3]'], _
                                ['[0][2][0]', '[0][2][1]', '[0][2][2]', '[0][2][3]']], _
                               [['[1][0][0]', "[1][0][1]", '[1][0][2]', '[1][0][3]'], _
                                ['[1][1][0]', '[1][1][1]', '[1][1][2]', '[1][1][3]'], _
                                ['[1][2][0]', '[1][2][1]', "[1][2][2]", '[1][2][3]']]]
 
 Local $sRes = "Contents of $array2x3x4 array" & @CRLF & @CRLF
 For $x = 0 To 1
     For $y = 0 To 2
         For $z = 0 To 3
             $sRes &= "$array2x3x4[" & $x & "][" & $y & "][" & $z & "] = " & _
                     $array2x3x4[$x][$y][$z] & @CRLF
         Next
     Next
 Next
 MsgBox(0, "Display $array2x3x4", $sRes)<array.au3>

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Thanks to all replyers. I went the FileInstall - @TempDir - FileDelete route. Seemed the simplest, quickest, and easiest......and IT WORKED!!

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