How to use associative arrays in C

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    How to use associative arrays in C

    Hi All, Please help me.
    are there any standard functions/libraries to create and manipulate
    associative arrays (hashes) in C on linux/unix ?
    like hashes in perl ...
    If not there is any other way .. do programming like hashes ..

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    Sreenu daram .
    Last edited by sreenu.daram; 11-13-2005 at 02:35 AM.

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    No. There are no associative arrays in C. Your best bet is to simulate them using structures with whatever key or name you wish to associate with them.


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    >If not there is any other way .. do programming like hashes ..
    Well, you could do the same thing that the developers of Perl did and write your own hash table. You could even delve into the Perl source to see how they did it since it's written in C. If anything, you should know how to do it yourself instead of relying on a language feature or library because hash tables are a fundamental data structure.
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