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Question about function construction

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  • Subject: [mg119474] Question about function construction
  • From: ZiYuan Lin <ziyuang at>
  • Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2011 07:04:29 -0400 (EDT)
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Hi, there.
  I want to construct a function serving as a hash table. This is how I make it:

  ConstructHashtable[] := 
   Module[{pairs = {{"key1", "value1"}, {"key2", "value2"}, {"key3", 
        "value3"}, {"key4", "value4"}}}, Clear[Hashtable]; 
    Hashtable[key_?StringQ] := (Hashtable[#[[1]]] = #[[2]]) & /@ pairs;]

And then I run the code above together with a test:

  ConstructHashtable[]; Hashtable["key1"]

Yet it returns all values:

  {"value1", "value2", "value3", "value4"}

But if I run it again:


It will get normal:


What is the reason for this? Thank you~

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