# Lists¶

In this chapter we are going to learn how to deal with lists.

## Create Lists¶

We can create new lists by defining the list items inside square bracts.

Example:

aList = [1,2,3,4,5]


Also we can create new lists using the : operator

Example:

aList = 1:5
aList2 = "a":"z"


Example:

aList = 5:1
aList2 = "z":"a"


Also we can create lists using the list() function

Syntax:

list = list(size)


Example

aList = list(10)        # aList contains 10 items


Note

the list index start from 1

To add new items to the list, we can use the Add() function.

Syntax:

Add(List,Item)


Example:

aList = ["one","two"]
see aList


Also we can do that using the + operator.

Syntax:

List + item


Example:

aList = 1:10    # create list contains numbers from 1 to 10
aList + 11      # add number 11 to the list
see aList       # print the list


## Get List Size¶

We can get the list size using the len() function

Syntax:

Len(List)


Example:

aList = 1:20  see len(aList)  # print 20


## Delete Item From List¶

To delete an item from the list, we can use the del() function

Syntax:

del(list,index)


Example:

aList = ["one","two","other","three"]
Del(aList,3)    # delete item number three
see aList       # print one two three


## Get List Item¶

To get an item from the list, we uses the next syntax

List[Index]


Example:

aList = ["Cairo","Riyadh"]
see "Egypt : " + aList[1] + nl +
"KSA   : " + aList[2] + nl


## Set List Item¶

To set the value of an item inside the list, we can use the next syntax

List[Index] = Expression


Example:

aList = list(3) # create list contains three items
aList[1] = "one" aList[2] = "two" aList[3] = "three"
see aList


## Sort¶

We can sort the list using the sort() function.

Syntax:

Sort(List) ---> Sorted List
Sort(List,nColumn) ---> Sorted List based on nColumn
Sort(List,nColumn,cAttribute) ---> Sorted List based on Object Attribute


Example:

aList = [10,12,3,5,31,15]
aList = sort(aList) see aList # print 3 5 10 12 15 31


We can sort list of strings

Example:

mylist = ["mahmoud","samir","ahmed","ibrahim","mohammed"]
see mylist                # print list before sorting
mylist = sort(mylist)     # sort list
see "list after sort"+nl
see mylist                # print ahmed ibrahim mahmoud mohammed samir


We can sort a list based on a specific column.

Example:

aList = [ ["mahmoud",15000] ,
["ahmed", 14000 ] ,
["samir", 16000 ] ,
["mohammed", 12000 ] ,
["ibrahim",11000 ] ]

aList2 = sort(aList,1)
see aList2


Output:

ahmed
14000
ibrahim
11000
mahmoud
15000
mohammed
12000
samir
16000


## Reverse¶

We can reverse a list using the reverse() function.

Syntax:

Reverse(List) ---> Reversed List


Example:

aList = [10,20,30,40,50]
aList = reverse(aList)
see aList       # print 50 40 30 20 10


## Insert Items¶

To insert an item in the list we can use the insert() function.

Syntax:

Insert(List,Index,Item)


The inserted item will be AFTER the Index

Example:

aList = ["A","B","D","E"]
insert(aList,2,"C")    # Inserts AFTER Index 2, "C" into Position 3
see aList              # print A B C D E


## Nested Lists¶

The list may contain other lists

Example:

aList = [ 1 , [10,20,30] , 5 , [100,1000,5000] ]
aList2 = [
"one","two",
[3,4],
[20,30], ["three",
"four",
"five",[100,200,300]
]
]

see aList[2]            # print 10 20 30
see aList[4][3] + nl    # print 5000
see aList2[5][2] + nl   # print four
see aList2[5][4][3]     # print 300


## Copy Lists¶

We can copy lists (including nested lists) using the Assignment operator.

Example:

aList = [
"one","two",
[3,4],
[20,30], ["three",
"four",
"five",[100,200,300]
]
]

aList2 = aList          # Copy aList to aList2
aList2[5] = "other"     # modify item number five
see aList2[5] + nl      # print other
see aList[5]            # print three four five 100 200 300


## First-class lists¶

Lists are first-class citizens where we can store lists in variables, pass lists to functions, and return lists from functions.

Example:

aList = duplicate( [1,2,3,4,5] )
see aList[10] + nl                # print 5

see mylist()                      # print 10 20 30 40 50

func duplicate list
nMax = len(list)
for x = 1 to nMax
list + list[x]
next
return list

func mylist return [10,20,30,40,50]


## Using Lists during definition¶

We can use the list items while we are defining the list for the first time.

Example:

aList = [ [1,2,3,4,5] , aList[1] , aList[1] ]
see aList       # print 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5


## Passing Lists to Functions¶

Lists are passed to functions by reference, This means that the called function will work on the same list and can modify it.

Example:

func main
aList = [1,2,3,4,5]     # create list, local in function main
myfunc(aList)           # call function, pass list by reference
see aList               # print 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

func myfunc list
list + [6,7,8,9,10]


## Access List Items by String Index¶

Instead of using numbers to determine the item index when we get item value or set item value, We can access items using string index if the item is a list contains two items and the first item is a string.

Example:

aList = [ ["one",1] , ["two",2] , ["three",3] ]
see aList["one"] + nl +
aList["two"] + nl +
aList["three"]      # print 1 2 3


This type of lists can be defined in a better syntax using the : and = operators.

Example:

aList = [ :one = 1 , :two = 2 , :three = 3 ]
see aList["one"] + nl +
aList["two"] + nl +
aList["three"] + nl # print 1 2 3
see aList[1]            # print one 1


Tip

using : before identifier (one word) means literal

Note

using = inside list definition create a list of two items where the first item is the left side and the second item is the right side.

We can add new items to the list using the string index

Example:

aList = []
aList["Egypt"] = "Cairo"
see aList["Egypt"] + nl +       # print Cairo
aList["KSA"] + nl           # print Riyadh


## Passing Parameters or Argumnents Using List¶

This type of lists is very good for passing parameters to functions Where the order of parameters will not be important (we can change the order).

Also some parameters maybe optional.

Example:

myconnect (  [ :server = "myserver.com" , :port = 80 ,

func myconnect mypara

# print connection details
see "User Name : " + mypara[:username] + nl +
"Server    : " + mypara[:server] + nl +
"Port      : " + mypara[:port]


## Passing Parameters or Argumnents Using List Array¶

Passing Arguments or Parmameters to a Function in an array format

Example:

myList = [5,7,3,9]    ### list with args or parms in  an array
result = sum(myList)
See "Sum result: "+ result +n

func sum(aList)
acc = 0
sizeList = len(aList)

for i = 1 to sizeList
See aList[i] +nl
acc = acc + aList[i]
next
return acc


## Creating a Multi-Dimensional Array using List¶

A Multi-Dimensional Array of any size can be built using recursion in a Function

Example:

###---------------------------------------------------------
### Create Array -- Dimensions Any Size:  3D, 4D, 5D etc

dimList = [4,3,4]
bList   = createDimList(dimList)

###---------------------------------------------------------
### Populate the arrays using a counter 1 ,  4x4x4 = 256 , 2x3x4x5x6 = 720

Counter = 1

for Col=1 to dimList[1]
for Row=1 to dimList[2]
for Dep=1 to dimList[3]
blist[Col][Row][Dep] = Counter
Counter++
next
next
next

###-----------------------------------------------
### Print the array elements in block format

for Col=1 to dimList[1]
for Row=1 to dimList[2]
for Dep=1 to dimList[3]
See bList[Col][Row][Dep] See " "
next
See nl
next
See nl
next

###===========================
### FUNCTIONS

###-----------------------------------------------------------------------
### Recursive Create a Dimension Array
### Call by passing an array of dimesions: dimList = [2,3,4,5]
### Drop the first entry every iteration call, making newParms
###
### Example:
###    dimList = [4,2,3,2]                <<< Number and size of dimensions in array format
###    bList   = createDimList(dimList)   <<< Call using the array as input

func createDimList(dimArray)

sizeList = len(dimArray)

newParms = []
for i = 2 to sizeList
next

alist = list(dimArray[1])

if sizeList = 1
return aList
ok

for t in alist
t = createDimList(newParms)
next

return alist


## Swap Items¶

We can swap the list items using the Swap() function.

Example:

aList = [:one,:two,:four,:three]
see aList
see copy("*",50) + nl
swap(aList,3,4)
see aList


Output

one
two
four
three
**************************************************
one
two
three
four