ZScript dynamic array suggestions

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ZScript dynamic array suggestions

Postby Nash » Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:45 pm

1) Pass arrays into functions directly.

2) Array sorting (preferably a fast algorithm that's not bubble sort cuz that's quite slow when dealing with thousands of items).

3) Count how many occurrences of something specific is in the array.

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Re: ZScript dynamic array suggestions

Postby Nero » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:02 am

For suggestion 1, I'm a bit surprised this isn't already possible. If I'm stuck with just arrays, Z-Windows will need this in order to process groups of elements; from reading the page on pointers it doesn't appear I can create linked lists which is a bit of a downer. Be nice to have this and actual *pointers.

This page gives a nice overview of the various sorting methods out there. My vote would be on a merge sort as the time complexity seems to remain fairly constant with large arrays. Basically sorting often results in O(n^2) for a worst case scenario regardless of algorithm. I think what I would do, if I knew my arrays were likely to contain thousands of items, I would implement some sort of pre-sorting as part of array insertion.

Counting occurrences is probably doomed to be a linear method. If you could pass the array into a method it wouldn't be hard to implement in your own code.
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Re: ZScript dynamic array suggestions

Postby Nash » Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:44 am

Passing dynamic arrays around is currently VERY hacky; you make a "wrapper" class declaring your dynamic array in there, then pass the array by doing

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class WrapperClass

let arr = new("WrapperClass");
arr.contents[i] = whatever;

I mean, do-able but as I said, hacky and makes code harder to read and maintain.
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Re: ZScript dynamic array suggestions

Postby Graf Zahl » Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:26 am

It's a known issue biut not easy to fix because the VM doesn't know anything about array references.
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