Original Publication Date: 1983-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-08
Converting a set of arrays into one array through conversion of each array into a string, and vice versa, permits efficient handling of complicated data structures intermingled with simple data structures. Simple data structures made up of varying strings and arrays of varying strings are readily managed. However, this is not the case when information is required involving more complicated data structures, and these complicated data structures are to be intermingled with the simple structures. A solution is to convert each set of arrays into single arrays. This is accomplished by converting each array into a string by concatenating all strings in an array, separated by delimiters. Nesting can occur to arbitrary depths, but the original arrays can always be recovered.