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array.cellValueByColNum ( array ; rowName ; column ; delimiter )

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Tim Anderson, Tim Anderson Group

A function to return the column value from an array by specifying the row name.

Sample Input:
array.value ( array ; "jelly" ; 2 ; "§" )
where array is
jelly§very wobbly§raspberry
Sample Output:
"very wobbly"

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A function to return the column value from an array by specifying the row name. Row names must be unique or only the first occurrance will be returned.


array.value ( array ; "jelly" ; 2 ; "§" ) gives "very wobbly" (no quotes) where array is
jelly§very wobbly§raspberry

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A minor change is needed on the first line of the 'code' to take into account the option to specify a delimiter:

Let([_rname="¶" & rowName & "§";

should be changed to

Let([_rname="¶" & rowName & delimiter;

Matt Lygo, UK
October 05, 2011 3:26am

Thanks for that Matt, as you will have guessed I initially used the § as a delimiter before deciding that it should be user definable

Tim Anderson, Larbert
October 05, 2011 3:40am

One more minor change is necessary I think...

Currently if the 'rowName' supplied is the first row of the array the function returns an empty result. E.G in the example above, array.value (array ; "row1"; 2; "§") gives nothing when you would expect to receive "200".

The solution appears to be to either supply the array with a carriage return at the beginning, or to amend the second line of the custom function as follows:

Original -

Changed to -
_notHere=PatternCount("¶" & array;_rname)=0;

That seems to work for me, but I haven't tested thoroughly...

Matt Lygo, UK
October 11, 2011 2:47am

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