Here is a LIST:
List = "abcd 1234 jvm something"
How to get the second element "1234" without looping all the list?
no spaces between equal sign
Some other ways, although not as efficient as using shell's internals
Just to supplement ghostdog's answer: you could also put
Note that the array indices are counted 0,1,2,... .
This has the advantage of not polluting the shell environment with too many new variables.