A Map, sometimes also called an Associative Array is a data structure that allows you to store multiple items.
Unlike an Array however, you can also give each of these item a key to call upon.
The DataMap expands IData, so each DataMap is IData, you might need this info later.

Creating a map:

A Map is a special kind of IData, so at the very last you’ll need to import that interface:

You may have noticed that no type can be converted into a map (nor can map be converted to any type besides Strings), so there has to be another way of creating them!
There is:


val myFirstMap = {key1: "value1",
                  key2: "value2",
                  key3: 3} as IData;

The thing to remember is:
Maps are handled as Map<String,IData>!
That means your keys should not contain characters that normal CT strings can’t handle.
It also means that while the key is a string, the value is another IData object.
You can even nest maps inside maps (that’s what a lot of NBT-Data do):

val nestedMap = { key1: 
                        key1: "hello"
                } as IData;

Retrieving Members

Unfortunately, Maps created as above are immutable, so you cannot change their members.
To retrieve a Map’s member you need to know its key name. Then you can do this:

val mySecondMap = {key1: "value1",
                   key2: "value2",
                   key3: 3} as IData;

//Retrieves the member called "key1"
var k1 = mySecondMap.key1 as IData;

//Retrieves the member called "key2"
var k2 = mySecondMap.memberGet("key2") as IData;

Modifying maps

You can add or substract maps from each other to get a new map with changed values.
This even works for nested maps!

val map1 as IData = {
    key1 : "hello"
    key3 : "test"

val map2 as IData = {
    key2 : "bye"
    key3 : "override"

print((map1 + map2).asString()); //Prints {key1 : "hello", key2 : "bye", key3 : "override"}

val map3 as IData = {
    key1 : "two",
    key2 : "two",
    key3 : "three"

print((map3 - "key1").asString()); //Prints {key2 : "two", key3 : "three"}

val map4 as IData = {
    key3 : "anything"

print((map3 - map4).asString()); //Prints {key1 : "two", key2 : "two"}