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I’ve used this split (string to table) method I found here:


I’ve got it working, but I don’t understand it.


function string:split(delimiter)

      local result = { }  

      local from  = 1  

      local delim_from, delim_to = string.find( self, delimiter, from  )  

      while delim_from do    

            table.insert( result, string.sub( self, from , delim_from-1 ) )    

            from  = delim_to + 1    

            delim_from, delim_to = string.find( self, delimiter, from  )  


      table.insert( result, string.sub( self, from  ) )  

      return result



This is how I’m calling it:


local myDateString = "2011-06-21"

local myDateTbl = myDateString.split(myDateString,"-")








Two things I don’t understand:

1] When I call it, I reference it twice: myDateString.split(myDateString,"-")Why? Or should I just do this:  string.split(myDateString,"-") Which works, so I guess the answer is yes.


2] The function takes one parameter (delimiter), but I must pass it two (myDateString, "-"). If I only pass it the delimiter string like it seems to want, it breaks. Why does it take two when it looks like it takes one?


Are these both occurring because I’m not really writing a function, I’m really modifying the string prototype?



Dave Collins

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