Create a multi-dimensional array

Discussion in 'Javascript' started by Archos, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. Archos

    Archos Guest

    To create a two dimensional array I use:

    var a4 = new Array(3); for (i=0; i<3; i++) a4=new Array(5);

    In pseudoce: a4 = [3][5]

    Then, to create a 3 dim. array, I tried this one:

    var a5 = new Array(2); for (i=0; i<2; i++) a5=new Array(2); for
    (i=0; i<2; i++) a5=new Array(2);

    a5 = [2][2][2]

    but the firebug console shows that it has not been defined the las
    Archos, Nov 23, 2011
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  2. The value of a4 is an array, where the elements are arrays. Calling it a
    two-dimensional array probably confuses rather than helps. The notation
    [3][5] is not meaningful as such.

    I don't see what you regard as three-dimensional here, and I don't
    understand why you have the same 'for' loop twice.
    Naturally, because no value has been assigned to it. You have created an
    array with two elements, each of which is an array of two elements, each
    of which is initially undefined. Try setting e.g.
    a5[1] = ['Hello world', 42]
    a5[1][0] = 'foobar'
    and you'll see that a5 works fine as a simulation of a two-dimensional
    Jukka K. Korpela, Nov 23, 2011
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    Erwin Moller Guest

    Hi Archos,

    I find it difficult to read your Javascript coding style.
    All on 1 line, and no {} to make your intentions clear.

    Did you mean to do this?
    var a5 = new Array(2);
    for (i=0; i<2; i++){
    a5=new Array(2);
    for (i=0; i<2; i++){
    a5=new Array(2);

    That would be wrong of course.
    2 times i, and the second loop also does something strange with the
    indexes of a5.

    What you want, however, is probably something like this:

    var a5 = new Array(2);
    for (var i=0; i<2; i++){
    a5=new Array(2);
    for (var j=0; j<2; j++){
    a5[j]=new Array(2);

    That uses i and j to make things clearer and uses "var".
    Now you can say:
    a5[1][1][0] = "whatever";

    Erwin Moller

    Erwin Moller, Nov 23, 2011
  4. Archos

    Archos Guest

    Could be used "let" instead of "var"? since it's for local scope.

    Archos, Nov 23, 2011
  5. It's more than a 'simulation'. If it's a structure that correctly
    implements the job of a two-dimensional array then it *is* a two
    dimensional array.

    Just because programs are not built into the language doesn't mean that
    programs are mere 'simulations'.

    John G Harris, Nov 23, 2011

  6. Yes, because all you've done is define a5 twice. I think that what you
    want to do is define a5[?] as an array?

    Try (untested):

    var a5 = new Array(2);
    for (var i=0; i<2; i++)
    a5=new Array(2);
    for (var j=0; j<2; j++) a5[j]=new Array(2);


    Denis McMahon
    Denis McMahon, Nov 23, 2011

  7. Using arguments for the Array constructor is pointless here and error-prone.
    For that matter, using the Array constructor is unnecessary and potentially
    error-prone. Use the Array initializer instead; it is most certainly
    ubiquitous by now [1]:

    var a5 = [];
    for (var i = 0; i < 2; ++i)
    a5 = [];
    for (var j = 0; j < 2; ++j)
    a5[j] = [];

    Note that you can save memory if you do not create all potentially needed
    Array instances, but you have to pay for that with a bit of runtime (tests
    before access whether there already is an Array instance reference

    [1] <!>
    Thomas 'PointedEars' Lahn, Nov 23, 2011

  8. It will help if the reader is accustomed to languages which support
    multi-dimensional arrays, and wants in JavaScript the effect of a two-
    dimensional array. Those languages include Algol (IIRC), Pascal/Delphi,
    and English.
    The author meant to say that it is pseudocode. It's certainly
    meaningful in some dialects of pseudocode.

    Provided that one recalls that a5 must be an array (maybe empty) before
    the first of those assignments, and that a5[1] must be an array (maybe
    empty) before the second of those assignments.
    Dr J R Stockton, Nov 24, 2011
  9. Sounds like confusion. Do you really wish to promote such ideas?
    Nonsense does not become any more meaningful by someone's calling it
    Are you trying to make a point, or just noise?
    Jukka K. Korpela, Nov 24, 2011
  10. At least two of us understood it just fine. Check your language



    Gene Wirchenko
    Gene Wirchenko, Nov 25, 2011
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