It is easy to retrieve the first and last element of a list, but how do you return the nth position of a list?
The @Subset function can return the 1st position, the last position and X number of items in the list, but it can't return the nth value in the list.
The following code is an example of how to return the nth position of a text list.
First, make sure that your list actually contains at least the correct number of elements. Next, you use @Subset to return N number of elements. Finally, you grab the last element in that shortened list that corresponds to the element that you were looking for.
N := 10; @If(@Elements(List) >= N; @Subset(@Subset (List; N); -1); "" )
I used to use this technique all the time. Then I learned about the @GetMembers function introduced in R5. It is undocumented in R5, but is supposed to be documented in ND6.
The @GetMembers function gets a member from a list. The first parameter is the list and the second is a number corresponding to the position of the list member you want to get. Beats the @Subset(@Subset(list; n);-1) function in clarity and simplicity because you don't have to do any error checking. For n = 0 the nested @Subset method generates an error for which you need to trap. The @GetMembers function, however, simply returns a null value for n <= 0. Search for @GetMembers in the "Notes/Domino 4 and 5 Forum" on the Lotus Developer Domain Web site for more information.
-- Gardner R.
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