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Zoho Deluge: Generate a loop or list of any size

What?
This is an article on a trick I picked up from one of our interviewees as well as apparently in one of the Zoho documentation manuals. It uses leftpad to create a string of a length, converts it to a list, then lets you generate an array or list of any size.

Why?
My use case here is to run a schedule that will populate a list with the upcoming dates for the next week (and for any numbers of weeks thereafter). This needs to be dynamic as it is a schedule run daily checking the availability of a staff member for the upcoming week.

How?
As mentioned, using leftpad takes 2 parameters, the first is the string to start with, the second is the number of spaces to pad with.

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//
// set number of times to iterate through loop (plus 1)
v_CheckDaysAhead = 7;
//
// create a string with this many spaces using leftpad
v_GeneratedList = leftpad("", v_CheckDaysAhead).replaceAll(" ",",");
//
// convert string to a list
l_GeneratedList = v_GeneratedList.toList();
//
// initialize my list to populate
l_CheckDates = List();
//
// loop through generated list and add dates
for each index v_Index in l_GeneratedList
{
	if(v_Index>0)
	{
		l_CheckDates.add(zoho.currentdate.addDay(v_Index).toString("yyyy-MM-dd"));
	}
} 
//
// output
info l_CheckDates;
//
// outputs: 2022-10-22,2022-10-23,2022-10-24,2022-10-25,2022-10-26,2022-10-27,2022-10-28
  1.  // 
  2.  // set number of times to iterate through loop (plus 1) 
  3.  v_CheckDaysAhead = 7
  4.  // 
  5.  // create a string with this many spaces using leftpad 
  6.  v_GeneratedList = leftpad("", v_CheckDaysAhead).replaceAll(" ",",")
  7.  // 
  8.  // convert string to a list 
  9.  l_GeneratedList = v_GeneratedList.toList()
  10.  // 
  11.  // initialize my list to populate 
  12.  l_CheckDates = List()
  13.  // 
  14.  // loop through generated list and add dates 
  15.  for each index v_Index in l_GeneratedList 
  16.  { 
  17.      if(v_Index>0) 
  18.      { 
  19.          l_CheckDates.add(zoho.currentdate.addDay(v_Index).toString("yyyy-MM-dd"))
  20.      } 
  21.  } 
  22.  // 
  23.  // output 
  24.  info l_CheckDates; 
  25.  // 
  26.  // outputs: 2022-10-22,2022-10-23,2022-10-24,2022-10-25,2022-10-26,2022-10-27,2022-10-28 
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