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Extract value pairs from text arrays with LotusScript

Use this LotusScript code to extract value pairs from a text array. In this example, see how various Work Flow status stages were extracted and summarized, allowing the results to be more easily analyzed.

A client recently asked me to compose a system for extracting value pairs from text arrays so the company could analyze the amount of time Lotus Notes documents spent in various Work Flow status stages. They thought this method would help to better analyze the results.

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However, because the status history was only available in a text array, there was a problem. The Lotus Notes documents could spend an undetermined amount of time in any status more than one time. The variety and number of status stages precluded the use of multiple-type double variables. The status stages also held time values.

This addition of new status stages meant that I would also need to rewrite the LotusScript code. Because most documents used just five or six of the 16+ available statuses, that would waste too much time and the code would be extremely complicated.

Here is a sample of the text array:

Example of text array
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The solution was to extract the data into a list using the status as the list tag:

LotusScript to summarize results
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This method did everything the client wanted -- quickly and accurately. Additionally, because I only used 22 lines of code, it's easy to understand and debug.

Combination of text array and LotusScript code
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