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explode() function for Actionscript (See related posts)

A simple version of the explode() function in PHP. It takes a string and splits it up into an array by splitting it at whatever character (or characters) you specify. For example, reading in a tab delimited text file. Will split it into lines by splitting on returns ("\r"). Then split up the lines by splitting on tabs ("\t").

Attribution: I didn't write this myself, I found it in a comment on one of the Actionscript on-line documentation pages.

function explode(separator:String, string:String) {

        var list = new Array();

        if (separator == null) return false;
        if (string == null) return false;

        var currentStringPosition = 0;
        while (currentStringPosition<string.length) {
                var nextIndex = string.indexOf(separator, currentStringPosition);
                if (nextIndex == -1) break;
                var word = string.slice(currentStringPosition, nextIndex);
                currentStringPosition = nextIndex+1;
        if (list.length<1) {
        } else {
                list.push(string.slice(currentStringPosition, string.length));
        return list;

Comments on this post

rogie posts on Sep 27, 2006 at 19:06
Doesn't this work bettter?

var myString = "hello,world";
var myStringArray = myString.split(",");
aaaidan posts on Jul 26, 2007 at 18:12

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