voice input works with variables of type dict but not array

dsnz

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as the title says, action "voice input" works with variables of type dict but not with variables of array type
I find this nice that works with dictionaries instead of only plain string variables
but why array variables are excluded ?
 

FrameXX

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It really does work with dictionaries? For me it only allows saving into a string. How does it work in dictionary? Every word is new index?
 

dsnz

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when you configure the action it asks to select an existing key or add a new key !
much like what happens in "set variable" action

I was surprised too 😂
 

FrameXX

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Now I tryed again. You are right. If I setup a dictionary and add a string into it with whatever key it allows me to save the input in, however doesn't work if I try the same with array.

It's sad that if I choose option to add key into dict with every voice input, the key doesn't support magic text. I could imagine saving dozens of voice inputs with time as their key. That could be useful. Currently the new voice input alwys overwrites the previous because the key is same.

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Dm114

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Now I tryed again. You are right. If I setup a dictionary and add a string into it with whatever key it allows me to save the input in, however doesn't work if I try the same with array.

It's sad that if I choose option to add key into dict with every voice input, the key doesn't support magic text. I could imagine saving dozens of voice inputs with time as their key. That could be useful. Currently the new voice input alwys overwrites the previous because the key is same.

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Why wouldn't you save every Voice input in a plain string variable and then save this variable in an Array or Dictionary entry?

I've just noticed that index/key values in Arrays are strings and can contain text (not only integers as I first thought).
 

dsnz

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Why wouldn't you save every Voice input in a plain string variable and then save this variable in an Array or Dictionary entry?

I've just noticed that index/key values in Arrays are strings and can contain text (not only integers as I first thought).
index of array can be string ?!
then it's not an array really, it's a dict masquerading as array 😂
(the Lua language similarly has only dict - called table - and no array)

btw. has anyone noticed if there is a way to get length of an array or number of keys in a dictionary ?
 

FrameXX

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btw. has anyone noticed if there is a way to get length of an array or number of keys in a dictionary ?

I think it isn't. But was requested.

 

dsnz

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regarding on these assignments to arrays and dicts and the future functions to get length and surely many more in the future, I think that @MacroDroidDev
should abandon visual configuration screens for these things because theg will grow unwieldy (eg. the use of a variable to specify a key in a dict or an index in an array)
and instead think carefully a small expression language whenever a variable specification is needed
eg.
a_dict[a_string_var] or a_dict[${a_string_var}]
a_dict["this is a key"]
a_array[a_integer_variable]
a_dict["a_key"][a_integer_variable_to_index_a_array] <- this can continue deeper
a_array[#a_array] where #a_array is length of array (or dict too)
etc.
ie a kinda Python-esque way (or could be like Groovy)

in this scheme the old way of [v=a_variable] must be deprecated sometime
 
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