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What about using the builtin lua function:


--Subenji99 06:54, 13 July 2009 (CEST)

table.getn was replaced by the #-operator, which returns the number of table elements with a numerical (!) index.
table.size counts all elements regardless of which type their index is.
Of course it's a bad idea to use this function for a table with only numerical indices.
NeonBlack 16:19, 13 July 2009 (CEST)

Indded, I actually just attempted it with non-numerical indices and found it didn't work. I stand corrected. :D

I shall leave my humiliation (lol) here so anyone else wondering what the point of this function would be can see that it is for non-numerical indices.

Oh, reading up, I'd like to point out that if you structure your table, planning for this, you can still use the # operator. you have to count the additions you make to your table then use table.setn like so:

table.setn(table, <number of values>)

if you are using a loop to create your table, it would be a simple matter to add it after:

   table = {}
   local count = 0
   for _,v in pairs(results) do
       table[v] = someFunction(v)
       count = count + 1
   table.setn(table, count)

Array Size

In my case though, this function was still required as the table I was checking against was a returned table from an exported function of mapmanager.

--Subenji99 20:43, 13 July 2009 (CEST)

You should really update your Lua skills. table.setn is deprecated like table.getn is, too.
Of course setting the n of the table would be much more efficient than iterating through it to get the size, but it's as I already said deprecated.
Alternatively you could use a mostly unused index for storing the size like _ for example. But I don't think iterating through the table and just increasing one value each step isn't that expensive.
NeonBlack 20:50, 14 July 2009 (CEST)


Please keep using pairs instead of next for new people :)

I don't think that's useful. People should learn to use next instead of pairs. Apart from that it's no code for learning but more a code for copying.
NeonBlack 22:18, 18 August 2009 (UTC)