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Arrays Generator

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26 Jul 2015CPOL2 min read
Generate your arrays using a GUI tool

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Introduction

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This project is a simple application that'll make you able to generate your arrays (long or short ones) in a better and easier way.

Background

While I was creating an application that contains a lot of arrays to highlight some specific words, I felt bored and tired by writing codes and symbols again and again, so I decided to create this project to help me to generate long arrays to save time and strength.

Using the Code

The project uses many loops to:

  • Generate a table
  • Add items to ContextMenuStrip
  • Generate the array code depending on your settings

So let's explain it part by part.

First, you have to declare some variables that'll contain your settings.

C#

C#
private string arrayName { get; set; }
     private string arrayType { get; set; }
     private decimal arraySize { get; set; }
     private TextBox array = new TextBox();
     private string language { get; set; }

VB.NET

VB.NET
Private Property arrayName() As String
       Get
           Return m_arrayName
       End Get
       Set(value As String)
           m_arrayName = value
       End Set
   End Property
   Private m_arrayName As String
   Private Property arrayType() As String
       Get
           Return m_arrayType
       End Get
       Set(value As String)
           m_arrayType = value
       End Set
   End Property
   Private m_arrayType As String
   Private Property arraySize() As Decimal
       Get
           Return m_arraySize
       End Get
       Set(value As Decimal)
           m_arraySize = value
       End Set
   End Property
   Private m_arraySize As Decimal
   Private array As New TextBox()
   Private Property language() As String
       Get
           Return m_language
       End Get
       Set(value As String)
           m_language = value
       End Set
   End Property
   Private m_language As String

Generate a Table

The table you'll generate depends on the settings you entered (example: number of columns):

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As I said from the beginning that the project contains many loops, one of them is the one that we'll use to generate the table and the ContextMenuStrip items:

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C#

C#
arrayName = an.Text;
           arraySize = number.Value;
           arrayType = type.Text;
           language = lan.Text;

           for (int i = 0; i < arraySize; i++)
           {
               arrays.Columns.Add(i.ToString(), arrayName + "[" + i + "]");
               cm.Items.Add("Go to "+arrayName+"[" + i + "]",
       Arrays_generator.Properties.Resources.table_go);
           }

VB.NET

VB.NET
arrayName = an.Text
   arraySize = number.Value
   arrayType = type.Text
   language = lan.Text

   For i As Integer = 0 To arraySize - 1
       arrays.Columns.Add(i.ToString(), arrayName + "[" + i.ToString() + "]")
       cm.Items.Add("Go to " + arrayName + "[" + i.ToString() + "]",
   ArraysGenerator.My.Resources.table_go)
   Next

As you can notice that the code will simply add columns into the datagridview controller and items (including its image) to the right click popup menu.

As a user, all you have to do is to fill the cells, then generate the code. :)

BUT wait, you are a developer and you want to understand how it works!
Trust me it's too easy, you only have to manipulate strings, and use some if statements. Take a look at a simple code:

C#

C#
 if (language == "VB.net")
                {
                    if (arrayType == "string")
                    {
                        code.Text = "dim " + arrayName + " as string() = {";
                        for (int i = 0; i < arrays.Columns.Count; i++)
                        {
                            string cellValue = arrays.Rows[0].Cells[i].Value.ToString();
                            code.AppendText(symbole + cellValue + symbole + ",");
                        }
                        code.AppendText("}");
                        code.Text = code.Text.Replace(",}", "};");
                    }
}

VB.NET

VB.NET
If language = "VB.net" Then
                If arrayType = "string" Then
                    code.Text = "dim " + arrayName + " as string() = {"
                    For i As Integer = 0 To arrays.Columns.Count - 1
                        Dim cellValue As String = arrays.Rows(0).Cells(i).Value.ToString()
                        code.AppendText((symbole & cellValue) + symbole + ",")
                    Next
                    code.AppendText("}")
                    code.Text = code.Text.Replace(",}", "}")
                End If
End If

The result is as follows:

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Notes

  • You can create your custom generator basing it on this one.
  • I did not add syntax highlighting because I wanted it to be as simple as possible.

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

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