Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Multi-dimensional arrays in java

Java, as with most languages, supports multi-dimensional arrays - 1-dimensional, 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, ... In practice most arrays are one-dimensional, and two-dimensional (rows and columns) are also quite common. Higher dimensional arrays are less common so they aren't used in the examples, but there's nothing mysterious about them and the same principles apply.
Two-dimensional arrays are used whenever the model data is best represented with rows and columns, or has two varying aspects (eg, gender and age, weight and height, ...). It's also the idea, altho not the implementation, of graphics that specifies a two (or three) dimensional position with an x and y (and z) coordinate.
Terminology. Other terms you will see for a two-dimensional array are matrix or table.

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