Ben Nadel
On User Experience (UX) Design, JavaScript, ColdFusion, Node.js, Life, and Love.
I am the chief technical officer at InVision App, Inc - a prototyping and collaboration platform for designers, built by designers. I also rock out in JavaScript and ColdFusion 24x7.
Meanwhile on Twitter
Loading latest tweet...
Ben Nadel at cf.Objective() 2014 (Bloomington, MN) with: Joel Hill and Matt Vickers and Shawn Grigson and Jonathan Rowny and Jonathan Dowdle and Christian Ready and Oscar Arevalo and Jeff McDowell

Over-Complicating Getting the Rest of List

By Ben Nadel on
Tags: ColdFusion

Sometimes, I have a tendency to overcomplicate things. Such was a case with the idea of ListRest(). So many times, I have wanted to get the first item in a list, and then get the "rest" of the list. I never built it, but I always thought it would be great to have a ruction ListRest( intIndex ) that would return everything after the given index (in the list).

Then suddenly today, it hit me. D'uh!! That basically already exists. Its called ListDeleteAt(). Granted, in spirit it does not do the same exact thing I was thinking about, but in practicality, it does. I just wanted to get everything after the first item in a list. Hello ListDeleteAt( 1 ).

In this case, my inability to find a good solution was clearly determined by my inability to see the abstract problem beyond my choice of words. I thought to myself, I need to get the "rest." But bringing to an abstract level, all I needed to do was get everything but the first element.

I do that a lot, get caught up in the detail and fail to see the larger picture. I am trying.

Tweet This Interesting post by @BenNadel - Over-Complicating Getting the Rest of List Thanks my man — you rock the party that rocks the body!

Reader Comments

I almost don't want to post this, but it's a bit simpler than even that... :)

It'd work great for your initial problem, but you can't specify the index.

Reply to this Comment

JHill, thanks for the link to the Live Docs. I think you make a good point, never hesitate to post up some good information. Not just for me, but for everyone else who stumbles across this post.

Reply to this Comment

Post A Comment

You — Get Out Of My Dreams, Get Into My Comments
Live in the Now
Comment Etiquette: Please do not post spam. Please keep the comments on-topic. Please do not post unrelated questions or large chunks of code. And, above all, please be nice to each other - we're trying to have a good conversation here.