Asked  7 Months ago    Answers:  5   Viewed   35 times

I need to merge several arrays into a single array. The best way to describe what I'm looking for is "interleaving" the arrays into a single array.

For example take item one from array #1 and append to the final array. Get item one from array #2 and append to the final array. Get item two from array #1 and append...etc.

The final array would look something like this:

array#1.element#1 array#2.element#1 . . .

The "kicker" is that the individual arrays can be of various lengths.

Is there a better data structure to use?



for example,

function array_zip_merge() {
  $output = array();
  // The loop incrementer takes each array out of the loop as it gets emptied by array_shift().
  for ($args = func_get_args(); count($args); $args = array_filter($args)) {
    // &$arg allows array_shift() to change the original.
    foreach ($args as &$arg) {
      $output[] = array_shift($arg);
  return $output;

// test

$a = range(1, 10);
$b = range('a', 'f');
$c = range('A', 'B');
echo implode('', array_zip_merge($a, $b, $c)); // prints 1aA2bB3c4d5e6f78910
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

When you set cell values individually, you have the option of setting the datatype explicitly, but when you use the fromArray() method, you don't have this option.

However, by default, PHP uses a default value binder to identify datatypes from the values passed, and set the cell datatype accordingly. This default behaviour is defined in a class /PHPExcel/Cell/DefaultValueBinder.php.

So you can create your own value binder, as described in the PHPExcel Documentation, that would set every value as a string datatype.

Something like:

class PHPExcel_Cell_MyColumnValueBinder extends PHPExcel_Cell_DefaultValueBinder implements PHPExcel_Cell_IValueBinder
    protected $stringColumns = [];

    public function __construct(array $stringColumnList = []) {
        // Accept a list of columns that will always be set as strings
        $this->stringColumns = $stringColumnList;

    public function bindValue(PHPExcel_Cell $cell, $value = null)
        // If the cell is one of our columns to set as a string...
        if (in_array($cell->getColumn(), $this->stringColumns)) {
            // ... then we cast it to a string and explicitly set it as a string
            $cell->setValueExplicit((string) $value, PHPExcel_Cell_DataType::TYPE_STRING);
            return true;
        // Otherwise, use the default behaviour
        return parent::bindValue($cell, $value);

// Instantiate our custom binder, with a list of columns, and tell PHPExcel to use it
PHPExcel_Cell::setValueBinder(new PHPExcel_Cell_MyColumnValueBinder(['A', 'B', 'C', 'E', 'F']));

$objPHPExcel = new PHPExcel();
Friday, May 28, 2021
answered 5 Months ago

You can use Array.prototype.reduce() in combination with Array.prototype.forEach().

var array = [
        [0, 1, 3],
        [2, 4, 6],
        [5, 5, 7],
        [10, 0, 3]
    result = array.reduce(function (r, a) {
        a.forEach(function (b, i) {
            r[i] = (r[i] || 0) + b;
        return r;
    }, []);
document.write('<pre>' + JSON.stringify(result, 0, 4) + '</pre>');

Update, a shorter approach by taking a map for reducing the array.

var array = [[0, 1, 3], [2, 4, 6], [5, 5, 7], [10, 0, 3]],
    result = array.reduce((r, a) =>, i) => (r[i] || 0) + b), []);
Thursday, July 1, 2021
answered 4 Months ago

There's a lot been written about PHPExcel and memory use, and I'm not going to repeat it all here.

Try reading some of the threads on the PHPExcel discussion board discussing the issue, such as this one; or previous answers here on SO such as this one or this one

Tuesday, July 6, 2021
answered 4 Months ago

For simplicity, assume that the arrays are the same length, and are int arrays.

int[] merge(int[] a, int[] b)
    assert (a.length == b.length);

    int[] result = new int[a.length + b.length];

    for (int i=0; i<a.length; i++)
        result[i*2] = a[i];
        result[i*2+1] = b[i];

    return result;
Monday, August 16, 2021
answered 3 Months ago
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