ListFirst

Description

Gets the first element of a list.

Returns

The first element of a list. If the list is empty, returns an empty string.

History

ColdFusion (2018 release): Changed Parameter name includeEmptyValues to includeEmptyFields.

Category

List functions

Function syntax

ListFirst(list [, delimiters, includeEmptyFields ])

See also

ListGetAtListLastListQualifyLists in Data types- Developing guide in the Developing ColdFusion Applications

Parameters

Parameter

Description

includeEmptyFields

Optional. Set to yes to include empty values.

list

A list or a variable that contains a list.

delimiters

A string or a variable that contains one. Characters that separate list elements. The default value is comma. If this parameter contains more than one character, ColdFusion processes each occurrence of each character as a delimiter.

Usage

ColdFusion ignores empty list elements; thus, the list "a,b,c,,,d" has four elements.

Example

<h3>ListFirst Example</h3> 
<!--- Find a list of users who wrote messages ---> 
<cfquery name = "GetMessageUser" datasource = "cfdocexamples"> 
SELECT Username, Subject, Posted 
FROMMessages 
</cfquery> 

<cfset temp = ValueList(GetMessageUser.Username)> 
<p>Before editing the list, it is:&nbsp; 
<cfoutput>#ValueList(GetMessageUser.Username)#</cfoutput>. 
<p>(Users who posted more than once are listed more than once.) 
<!--- Show the first user in the list ---> 
<p>The first user in the list is: 
<cfoutput>#ListFirst(temp)#</cfoutput> 
<p>The rest of the list is:&nbsp;<cfoutput>#ListRest(temp)#</cfoutput>. 
<p>(Users who posted more than once are listed more than once.) 
<p>The last user in the list is: <cfoutput>#ListLast(temp)#</cfoutput>
<cfscript>
       myList="Tokyo,Bangkok,Jakarta,Manila,Bangalore,Shanghai";
       myFirst=ListFirst(myList);
       WriteOutput(myFirst); // Returns Tokyo
</cfscript>

Output

Tokyo

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