After working several years with VDF I've seen a lot of different takes on associative arrays. Some better, some worse. You often have to choose between speed, scalability and syntax simplicity.
The associative array is indeed a useful tool in the everyday life of a programmer but unfortunately there's no native array-like support for it in VDF.
After reading Sonny's blog series on arrays and structs in-depth I decided to look under the hood on some of the classic implementations of associative arrays and adapt one or more for VDF. Two of my classes are now available for download. Read the full article.