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I wrote this library to cut down on the number of tokens taken up by large tables with string data, e.g. for dialogue text/translations/etc. Most helpful if those tokens are using a lot of your tokens (i.e. more than 150), since the library itself takes up 139 tokens. But all your table declarations can be reduced to 5 tokens each!

Here's an example of what your code can look like.

Before:

my_table = {
  hello='world',
  nested={
    some='data\'s nested',
    inside_of='here'
  },
  'and',
  'indexed',
  'data',
  { as='well' }
}

After:

function table_from_string(str)
  local tab, is_key = {}, true
  local key,val,is_on_key
  local function reset()
    key,val,is_on_key = '','',true
  end
  reset()
  local i, len = 1, #str
  while i <= len do
    local char = sub(str, i, i)
    -- token separator
    if char == '\31' then
      if is_on_key then
        is_on_key = false
      else
        tab[tonum(key) or key] = val
        reset()
      end
    -- subtable start
    elseif char == '\29' then
      local j,c = i,''
      -- checking for subtable end character
      while (c ~= '\30') do
        j = j + 1
        c = sub(str, j, j)
      end
      tab[tonum(key) or key] = table_from_string(sub(str,i+1,j-1))
      reset()
      i = j
    else
      if is_on_key then
        key = key..char
      else
        val = val..char
      end
    end
    i = i + 1
  end
  return tab
end

my_table=
table_from_string(
 '1�and�2�indexed�3�data�4�as�well��hello�world�nested�inside_of�here�some�data\'s nested��'
)

Clearly it's more helpful if your data table is much larger than this. In my case, my data tables took up almost 200 tokens, and I saved about 50 using this technique. If I go to add more translations in the future, it will save even more.

https://github.com/benwiley4000/pico8-table-string

P#64776 2019-05-27 07:03 ( Edited 2019-05-27 07:05)

And no I wouldn't suggest keeping this compressed version as your only record of your data table, of course! For my own workflow, I am setting up an automated script to take my data table from a separate Lua file and periodically update the contents of the p8 file with the stringified version.

P#64777 2019-05-27 07:08

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