Stoica Nicusor Stoica Nicusor - 3 months ago 17
Vb.net Question

Get a certain combination from two list of strings

This problem hunts me for over a month.
It goes like this :
We have two list of strings

Dim List1 As New List(Of String) From {"a", "b", "c", "d"} ' and so on
Dim List2 As New List(Of String) From {"e", "f", "g", "h", "i", "j"} ' and so on


At this point we have 24 possible combinations (List1 with List2)

Dim allCombo As Integer = List1.Count * List2.Count


Looping and storing all the possible combinations is not an option.
Now what kind of math calculation can I apply so that if I want the combination number 13 , to return 'c' with 'e' ; or 24 which is 'd' with 'j' and so on.
I am stuck on this, can someone help me please ?
Thanks in advance !

SSS SSS
Answer
  Function GetIndex(index As Integer) As String
    Dim List1 As New List(Of String) From {"a", "b", "c", "d"}
    Dim List2 As New List(Of String) From {"e", "f", "g", "h", "i", "j"}

    Dim intIndex0 As Integer = index - 1 'convert to 0-based
    Dim index1 As Integer = intIndex0 \ List2.Count 'integer division
    Dim index2 As Integer = intIndex0 Mod List2.Count 'modulo (remainder)
    Return List1(index1) & List2(index2)
  End Function