Here's how you'd use it:
Dictionary<string, string> nameOfMyDictionary = new Dictionary<string, string> ();
(Remember to include the System.Collections.Generic; namespace at the top of your file, otherwise this won't work...)
Then, you can add stuff to it with code using the Add() function, etc. Similar to Lists.
Anyway, I discovered that they don't show up the Editor like normal arrays do. And that made me a little sad. So, here's a small workaround I discovered. I'm sure it's not the best way to do it, but it works for me.
Firstly, create a struct containing the key-value pair variables, and remember to add System.Serializable to allow them to show up in the editor:
public struct NameOfStruct
public string string1UniqueKey;
public string string1Value;
Next, declare an Array of your new Struct, like so:
public NameOfStruct myDictionaryStruct;
This makes the array show up in the Unity Editor, where you can edit it:
We're almost done. Now we simply need to assign these values to our Dictionary. We do that in the Start() function with a simple for loop:
void Start ()
for (int i = 0; i < myDictionaryStruct.Length; i++)
nameOfMyDictionary.Add (myDictionaryStruct[i].string1UniqueKey, myDictionaryStruct[i].string1Value);
It works great, now you can use the dictionary as you normally would. For example, let's say I want to get the value of Alpha, I would simply type in:
That would then be equal to "One" - pretty cool hey?
Here's a screenshot of my code:
(click to make it bigger)
Hope this little trick helps you in some way!