type declaration characters (%) and (\$) can be used as the last character of the name. The percent sign declares the variable to be an integer and the dollar sign (\$) declares a string variable. If no type declaration character is used the Interpreter will assume that the variable is a floating-point. Some examples of variable names, value assignments and data types are:

 A\$="GROSS SALES" (string variable) MTH\$="JAN"+A\$ (string variable) K%=5 (integer variable) CNT%=CNT%+1 (integer variable) FP=12.5 (floating-point variable) SUM=FP*CNT% (floating-point variable)

### INTEGER, FLOATING-POINT AND STRING ARRAYS

An array is a table (or list) of associated data items referred to by a single variable name. In other words, an array is a sequence of related variables. A table of numbers can be seen as an array, for example. The individual numbers within the table become "elements" of the array.

Arrays are a useful shorthand way of describing a large number of related variables. Take a table of numbers for instance. Let's say that the table has 10 rows of numbers with 20 numbers in each row. That makes total of 200 numbers in the table. Without a single array name to call on you would have to assign a unique name to each value in the table. But because you can use arrays you only need one name for the array and all the elements in the array are identified by their individual locations within the array.

Array names can be integers, floating-points or string data types and all elements in the array have the same data type as the array name. Arrays can have a single dimension (as in a simple list) or they can have multiple dimensions (imagine a grid marked in rows and columns or a Rubik's Cube®). Each element of an array is uniquely identified and referred to by a subscript (or index variable) following the array name, enclosed within parentheses ( ).

The maximum number of dimensions an array can have in theory is 255 and the number of elements in each dimension is limited to 32767. But for practical purposes array sizes are limited by the memory space available to hold their data and/or the 80 character logical screen line. If an array has only one dimension and its subscript value will never

 This page has been created by Sami Rautiainen. Read the small print. Last updated November 13, 1998.