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String class: Index characters and '=' operator

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/* String class: Index characters and '=' operator */ #include <iostream> #include <cstring> #include <cstdlib> using namespace std; class StringClass { char *p; int len; public: StringClass(char *s); ~StringClass() { cout << "Freeing " << (unsigned) p << '\n'; delete [] p; } char *get() { return p; } StringClass &operator=(StringClass &ob); char &operator[](int i); }; StringClass::StringClass(char *s) { int l; l = strlen(s)+1; p = new char [l]; if(!p) { cout << "Allocation error\n"; exit(1); } len = l; strcpy(p, s); } // = operator StringClass &StringClass::operator=(StringClass &ob) { // see if more memory is needed if(len < ob.len) { // need to allocate more memory delete [] p; p = new char [ob.len]; if(!p) { cout << "Allocation error\n"; exit(1); } } len = ob.len; strcpy(p, ob.p); return *this; } // char &StringClass::operator[](int i) { if(i <0 || i>len-1) { cout << "\nIndex value of "; cout << i << " is out-of-bounds.\n"; exit(1); } return p[ i ]; } int main() { StringClass a("Hello"), b("There"); cout << a.get() << '\n'; cout << b.get() << '\n'; a = b; // now p is not overwritten cout << a.get() << '\n'; cout << b.get() << '\n'; cout << a[0] << a[1] << a[2] << endl; a[0] = 'X'; a[1] = 'Y'; a[2] = 'Z'; cout << a.get() << endl; return 0; }
strcpy() Function in C++
Copy string. Copies the C string pointed by source into the array pointed by destination, including the terminating null character (and stopping at that point). To avoid overflows, the size of the array pointed by destination shall be long enough to contain the same C string as source (including the terminating null character), and should not overlap in memory with source. strcpy() is a standard library function in C/C++ and is used to copy one string to another. In C it is present in string.h header file and in C++ it is present in cstring header file. It copies the whole string to the destination string. It replaces the whole string instead of appending it. It won't change the source string.
Syntax for strcpy() Function in C++
#include <cstring> char * strcpy ( char * destination, const char * source );
destination
Pointer to the destination array where the content is to be copied.
source
C string to be copied. destination is returned. After copying the source string to the destination string, the strcpy() function returns a pointer to the destination string. • This function copies the entire string to the destination string. It doesn't append the source string to the destination string. In other words, we can say that it replaces the content of destination string by the content of source string. • It does not affect the source string. The source string remains same after copying. • This function only works with C style strings and not C++ style strings i.e. it only works with strings of type char str[]; and not string s1; which are created using standard string data type available in C++ and not C.
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/* copy a character string from source to destination by strcpy() string function code example */ #include <cstring> #include <iostream> using namespace std; int main() { char src[20] = "I am the source."; // large enough to store content of src char dest[30] = "I am the destination."; cout << "dest[] before copy: " << dest << endl; // copy contents of src to dest strcpy(dest,src); cout << "dest[] after copy: " << dest; return 0; }
Pointers in C++ Language
The pointer in C++ language is a variable, it is also known as locator or indicator that points to an address of a value. In C++, a pointer refers to a variable that holds the address of another variable. Like regular variables, pointers have a data type. For example, a pointer of type integer can hold the address of a variable of type integer. A pointer of character type can hold the address of a variable of character type. You should see a pointer as a symbolic representation of a memory address. With pointers, programs can simulate call-by-reference. They can also create and manipulate dynamic data structures. In C++, a pointer variable refers to a variable pointing to a specific address in a memory pointed by another variable.
Syntax for Pointers in C++
int *ip; // pointer to an integer double *dp; // pointer to a double float *fp; // pointer to a float char *ch // pointer to character
• Pointer reduces the code and improves the performance, it is used to retrieving strings, trees etc. and used with arrays, structures and functions. • We can return multiple values from function using pointer. • It makes you able to access any memory location in the computer's memory. Dynamic memory allocation: In c language, we can dynamically allocate memory using malloc() and calloc() functions where pointer is used. Arrays, Functions and Structures: Pointers in C language are widely used in arrays, functions and structures. It reduces the code and improves the performance. & (ampersand sign): Address operator - Determine the address of a variable. * (asterisk sign): Indirection operator - Access the value of an address. The pointer in C++ language can be declared using * (asterisk symbol).
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/* pointer is a variable in C++ that holds the address of another variable */ #include <iostream> using namespace std; int main () { int var = 20; // actual variable declaration. int *ip; // pointer variable ip = &var; // store address of var in pointer variable cout << "Value of var variable: "; cout << var << endl; // print the address stored in ip pointer variable cout << "Address stored in ip variable: "; cout << ip << endl; // access the value at the address available in pointer cout << "Value of *ip variable: "; cout << *ip << endl; return 0; }
Strings in C++ Language
Strings are objects that represent sequences of characters. The standard string class provides support for such objects with an interface similar to that of a standard container of bytes, but adding features specifically designed to operate with strings of single-byte characters. The string class is an instantiation of the basic_string class template that uses char (i.e., bytes) as its character type, with its default char_traits and allocator types. Note that this class handles bytes independently of the encoding used: If used to handle sequences of multi-byte or variable-length characters (such as UTF-8), all members of this class (such as length or size), as well as its iterators, will still operate in terms of bytes (not actual encoded characters).
Declaration for Strings in C++
char str[4] = "C++ Programming"; char str[] = {'C','+','+','\0'}; char str[4] = {'C','+','+','\0'};
In C programming, the collection of characters is stored in the form of arrays. This is also supported in C++ programming. Hence it's called C-strings. C-strings are arrays of type char terminated with null character, that is, \0 (ASCII value of null character is 0). • A character array is simply an array of characters that can be terminated by a null character. A string is a class that defines objects that be represented as a stream of characters. • The size of the character array has to be allocated statically, more memory cannot be allocated at run time if required. Unused allocated memory is wasted in the case of the character array. In the case of strings, memory is allocated dynamically. More memory can be allocated at run time on demand. As no memory is preallocated, no memory is wasted. • There is a threat of array decay in the case of the character array. As strings are represented as objects, no array decay occurs. • Implementation of character array is faster than std:: string. Strings are slower when compared to implementation than character array. • Character arrays do not offer many inbuilt functions to manipulate strings. String class defines a number of functionalities that allow manifold operations on strings.
String Functions in C++
• int compare(const string& str): It is used to compare two string objects. • int length(): It is used to find the length of the string. • void swap(string& str): It is used to swap the values of two string objects. • string substr(int pos,int n): It creates a new string object of n characters. • int size(): It returns the length of the string in terms of bytes. • void resize(int n): It is used to resize the length of the string up to n characters. • string& replace(int pos,int len,string& str): It replaces portion of the string that begins at character position pos and spans len characters. • string& append(const string& str): It adds new characters at the end of another string object. • char& at(int pos): It is used to access an individual character at specified position pos. • int find(string& str,int pos,int n): It is used to find the string specified in the parameter. • int find_first_of(string& str,int pos,int n): It is used to find the first occurrence of the specified sequence. • int find_first_not_of(string& str,int pos,int n ): It is used to search the string for the first character that does not match with any of the characters specified in the string. • int find_last_of(string& str,int pos,int n): It is used to search the string for the last character of specified sequence. • int find_last_not_of(string& str,int pos): It searches for the last character that does not match with the specified sequence. • string& insert(): It inserts a new character before the character indicated by the position pos. • int max_size(): It finds the maximum length of the string. • void push_back(char ch): It adds a new character ch at the end of the string. • void pop_back(): It removes a last character of the string. • string& assign(): It assigns new value to the string. • int copy(string& str): It copies the contents of string into another. • char& back(): It returns the reference of last character. • Iterator begin(): It returns the reference of first character. • int capacity(): It returns the allocated space for the string. • const_iterator cbegin(): It points to the first element of the string. • const_iterator cend(): It points to the last element of the string. • void clear(): It removes all the elements from the string. • const_reverse_iterator crbegin(): It points to the last character of the string. • const_char* data(): It copies the characters of string into an array. • bool empty(): It checks whether the string is empty or not. • string& erase(): It removes the characters as specified. • char& front(): It returns a reference of the first character. • string& operator+=(): It appends a new character at the end of the string. • string& operator=(): It assigns a new value to the string. • char operator[](pos): It retrieves a character at specified position pos. • int rfind(): It searches for the last occurrence of the string. • iterator end(): It references the last character of the string. • reverse_iterator rend(): It points to the first character of the string. • void shrink_to_fit(): It reduces the capacity and makes it equal to the size of the string. • char* c_str(): It returns pointer to an array that contains null terminated sequence of characters. • const_reverse_iterator crend(): It references the first character of the string. • reverse_iterator rbegin(): It reference the last character of the string. • void reserve(inr len): It requests a change in capacity. • allocator_type get_allocator();: It returns the allocated object associated with the string.
Non-member Function Overloads
• operator+ Concatenate strings (function ) • relational operators Relational operators for string (function ) • swap Exchanges the values of two strings (function ) • operator>> Extract string from stream (function ) • operator<< Insert string into stream (function ) • getline Get line from stream into string (function )
Operators used for String Objects
• =: assignment • +: concatenation • ==: Equality • !=: Inequality • <: Less than • <=: Less than or equal • >: Greater than • >=: Greater than or equal • []: Subscription • <<: Output • >>: Input
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/* C++ String Library */ /* The C-Style Character String */ // C++ Program to demonstrate the working of getline(), push_back() and pop_back() #include <iostream> #include <string> // for string class using namespace std; // Driver Code int main() { // Declaring string string str; // Taking string input using getline() getline(cin, str); // Displaying string cout << "The initial string is : "; cout << str << endl; // Inserting a character str.push_back('s'); // Displaying string cout << "The string after push_back operation is : "; cout << str << endl; // Deleting a character str.pop_back(); // Displaying string cout << "The string after pop_back operation is : "; cout << str << endl; return 0; }
Destructors in C++
A destructor is a special member function that works just opposite to constructor, unlike constructors that are used for initializing an object, destructors destroy (or delete) the object. Destructors in C++ are members functions in a class that delete an object. They are called when the class object goes out of scope such as when the function ends, the program ends, a delete variable is called etc. Destructors are different from normal member functions as they don't take any argument and don't return anything. Also, destructors have the same name as their class and their name is preceded by a tilde(~).
Syntax for Destructor in C++
~class_name() { //Some code }
Similar to constructor, the destructor name should exactly match with the class name. A destructor declaration should always begin with the tilde(~) symbol as shown in the syntax above. A destructor is automatically called when: • The program finished execution. • When a scope (the { } parenthesis) containing local variable ends. • When you call the delete operator.
Destructor rules
• Name should begin with tilde sign(~) and must match class name. • There cannot be more than one destructor in a class. • Unlike constructors that can have parameters, destructors do not allow any parameter. • They do not have any return type, just like constructors. • When you do not specify any destructor in a class, compiler generates a default destructor and inserts it into your code.
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/* Destructor is an instance member function which is invoked automatically whenever an object is going to be destroyed. Meaning, a destructor is the last function that is going to be called before an object is destroyed. The thing is to be noted here, if the object is created by using new or the constructor uses new to allocate memory which resides in the heap memory or the free store, the destructor should use delete to free the memory. */ #include <iostream> using namespace std; class HelloWorld{ public: //Constructor HelloWorld(){ cout<<"Constructor is called"<<endl; } //Destructor ~HelloWorld(){ cout<<"Destructor is called"<<endl; } //Member function void display(){ cout<<"Hello World!"<<endl; } }; int main(){ //Object created HelloWorld obj; //Member function called obj.display(); return 0; }
Logical Operators in C++
Logical Operators are used to compare and connect two or more expressions or variables, such that the value of the expression is completely dependent on the original expression or value or variable. We use logical operators to check whether an expression is true or false. If the expression is true, it returns 1 whereas if the expression is false, it returns 0. Assume variable A holds 1 and variable B holds 0:
&&
Called Logical AND operator. If both the operands are non-zero, then condition becomes true. (A && B) is false. The logical AND operator && returns true - if and only if all the operands are true. false - if one or more operands are false.
||
Called Logical OR Operator. If any of the two operands is non-zero, then condition becomes true. (A || B) is true. The logical OR operator || returns true - if one or more of the operands are true. false - if and only if all the operands are false.
!
Called Logical NOT Operator. Use to reverses the logical state of its operand. If a condition is true, then Logical NOT operator will make false. !(A && B) is true. The logical NOT operator ! is a unary operator i.e. it takes only one operand. It returns true when the operand is false, and false when the operand is true.
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/* The operator ! is the C++ operator for the Boolean operation NOT. It has only one operand, to its right, and inverts it, producing false if its operand is true, and true if its operand is false. Basically, it returns the opposite Boolean value of evaluating its operand. The logical operators && and || are used when evaluating two expressions to obtain a single relational result. The operator && corresponds to the Boolean logical operation AND, which yields true if both its operands are true, and false otherwise. */ #include <iostream> using namespace std; main() { int a = 5; int b = 20; int c ; if(a && b) { cout << "Line 1 - Condition is true"<< endl ; } if(a || b) { cout << "Line 2 - Condition is true"<< endl ; } /* Let's change the values of a and b */ a = 0; b = 10; if(a && b) { cout << "Line 3 - Condition is true"<< endl ; } else { cout << "Line 4 - Condition is not true"<< endl ; } if(!(a && b)) { cout << "Line 5 - Condition is true"<< endl ; } return 0; }
strlen() Function in C++
Get string length. Returns the length of the C string str. C++ strlen() is an inbuilt function that is used to calculate the length of the string. It is a beneficial method to find the length of the string. The strlen() function is defined under the string.h header file. The strlen() takes a null-terminated byte string str as its argument and returns its length. The length does not include a null character. If there is no null character in the string, the behavior of the function is undefined.
Syntax for strlen() Function in C++
#include <cstring> size_t strlen ( const char * str );
str
a string passed to this function, whose length needs to be found. Here str is the string variable of whose we have to find the length. It takes one parameter which is a pointer that points to the null-terminated byte string. The string is terminated by a null character. If a null character does not terminate it, then the behavior is undefined. It returns an integer giving the length of the passed string. Function returns the length of string. While calculating the total length of a String, the character at the first index is counted as 1 and not 0, i.e. one-based index . The function strlen returns the total number of characters actually present in the char[] and not the total number of character it can hold.
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/* return the length of the C string str by strlen() function code example */ #include <cstring> #include <iostream> using namespace std; int main() { char str1[] = "This a string"; char str2[] = "This is another string"; // find lengths of str1 and str2 // size_t return value converted to int int len1 = strlen(str1); int len2 = strlen(str2); cout << "Length of str1 = " << len1 << endl; cout << "Length of str2 = " << len2 << endl; if (len1 > len2) cout << "str1 is longer than str2"; else if (len1 < len2) cout << "str2 is longer than str1"; else cout << "str1 and str2 are of equal length"; return 0; }
Delete Operator in C++
Deallocate storage space. Default deallocation functions (single-object form). A delete operator is used to deallocate memory space that is dynamically created using the new operator, calloc and malloc() function, etc., at the run time of a program in C++ language. In other words, a delete operator is used to release array and non-array (pointer) objects from the heap, which the new operator dynamically allocates to put variables on heap memory. We can use either the delete operator or delete [ ] operator in our program to delete the deallocated space. A delete operator has a void return type, and hence, it does not return a value.
Syntax for Delete Operator in C++
//ordinary (1) void operator delete (void* ptr) noexcept; //nothrow (2) void operator delete (void* ptr, const std::nothrow_t& nothrow_constant) noexcept; //placement (3) void operator delete (void* ptr, void* voidptr2) noexcept;
ptr
A pointer to the memory block to be released, type-casted to a void*. If this is a null-pointer, the function does nothing. If not null, this pointer value should have been returned by a previous call to operator new, and have not yet been released by a previous call to this function. If the implementation has strict pointer safety, this pointer shall also be a safely-derived pointer.
nothrow_constant
The constant nothrow. This parameter is ignored in the default definition. nothrow_t is the type of constant nothrow.
voidptr2
A void pointer. The value is ignored in the default definition.
size
The first argument passed to the allocation function when the memory block was allocated. std::size_t is an unsigned integral type. This function does not return any value. (1) ordinary delete: Deallocates the memory block pointed by ptr (if not null), releasing the storage space previously allocated to it by a call to operator new and rendering that pointer location invalid. (2) nothrow delete: Same as above (1). The default definition calls the first version (1): ::operator delete(ptr). (3) placement delete: Does nothing. The default allocation and deallocation functions are special components of the standard library; They have the following unique properties: Global: All overloads of operator delete are declared in the global namespace, not within the std namespace. Implicit: The deallocating versions (i.e., all but (3)) are implicitly declared in every translation unit of a C++ program, no matter whether header <new> is included or not. Replaceable: The deallocating versions (i.e., all but (3)) are also replaceable: A program may provide its own definition that replaces the one provided by default or can overload it for specific types. The custom definition shall deallocate the storage referenced by ptr. operator delete is a regular function that can be called explicitly just as any other function. But in C++, delete is an operator with a very specific behavior: An expression with the delete operator, first calls the appropriate destructor (for class types), and then calls a deallocation function. The deallocation function for a class object is a member function named operator delete, if it exists. In all other cases it is a global function operator delete (i.e., this function -- or a more specific overload). If the delete expression is preceded by the scope operator (i.e., ::operator delete), only global deallocation functions are considered. delete expressions that use global deallocation functions always use the signature that takes either a pointer (such as (1)), or a pointer and a size (such as (4)). Preferring always the version with size (4), unless an overload provides a better match for the pointer type. The other signatures ((2) and (3)) are never called by a delete-expression (the delete operator always calls the ordinary version of this function, and exactly once for each of its arguments). These other signatures are only called automatically by a new-expression when their object construction fails (e.g., if the constructor of an object throws while being constructed by a new-expression with nothrow, the matching operator delete function accepting a nothrow argument is called). Non-member deallocation functions shall not be declared in a namespace scope other than the global namespace.
Data races
Modifies the storage referenced by ptr. Calls to allocation and deallocation functions that reuse the same unit of storage shall occur in a single total order where each deallocation happens before the next allocation. This shall also apply to the observable behavior of custom replacements for this function.
Exception safety
No-throw guarantee: this function never throws exceptions. Notice that either an invalid value of ptr, or a value for size that does not match the one passed to the allocation function, causes undefined behavior. Similarly, we can delete the block of allocated memory space using the delete [] operator. delete [ ] pointer_variable; // delete [] ptr; It deallocate for an array.
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/* deallocate storage space by delete operator */ #include <iostream> using namespace std; int main () { // declaration of variables int *ptr1, *ptr2, sum; // allocated memory space using new operator ptr1 = new int; ptr2 = new int; cout << " Enter first number: "; cin >> *ptr1; cout << " Enter second number: "; cin >> *ptr2; sum = *ptr1 + *ptr2; cout << " Sum of pointer variables = " << sum; // delete pointer variables delete ptr1; delete ptr2; return 0; }
#include Directive in C++
#include is a way of including a standard or user-defined file in the program and is mostly written at the beginning of any C/C++ program. This directive is read by the preprocessor and orders it to insert the content of a user-defined or system header file into the following program. These files are mainly imported from an outside source into the current program. The process of importing such files that might be system-defined or user-defined is known as File Inclusion. This type of preprocessor directive tells the compiler to include a file in the source code program.
Syntax for #include Directive in C++
#include "user-defined_file"
Including using " ": When using the double quotes(" "), the preprocessor access the current directory in which the source "header_file" is located. This type is mainly used to access any header files of the user's program or user-defined files.
#include <header_file>
Including using <>: While importing file using angular brackets(<>), the the preprocessor uses a predetermined directory path to access the file. It is mainly used to access system header files located in the standard system directories. Header File or Standard files: This is a file which contains C/C++ function declarations and macro definitions to be shared between several source files. Functions like the printf(), scanf(), cout, cin and various other input-output or other standard functions are contained within different header files. So to utilise those functions, the users need to import a few header files which define the required functions. User-defined files: These files resembles the header files, except for the fact that they are written and defined by the user itself. This saves the user from writing a particular function multiple times. Once a user-defined file is written, it can be imported anywhere in the program using the #include preprocessor. • In #include directive, comments are not recognized. So in case of #include <a//b>, a//b is treated as filename. • In #include directive, backslash is considered as normal text not escape sequence. So in case of #include <a\nb>, a\nb is treated as filename. • You can use only comment after filename otherwise it will give error.
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/* using #include directive in C language */ #include <stdio.h> int main() { /* * C standard library printf function * defined in the stdio.h header file */ printf("I love you Clementine"); printf("I love you so much"); printf("HappyCodings"); return 0; }
this Pointer in C++
Every object in C++ has access to its own address through an important pointer called this pointer. The this pointer is an implicit parameter to all member functions. Therefore, inside a member function, this may be used to refer to the invoking object. Friend functions do not have a this pointer, because friends are not members of a class. Only member functions have a this pointer. In C++ programming, this is a keyword that refers to the current instance of the class. There can be 3 main usage of this keyword in C++: • It can be used to pass current object as a parameter to another method. • It can be used to refer current class instance variable. • It can be used to declare indexers. To understand 'this' pointer, it is important to know how objects look at functions and data members of a class. • Each object gets its own copy of the data member. • All-access the same function definition as present in the code segment. Meaning each object gets its own copy of data members and all objects share a single copy of member functions. Then now question is that if only one copy of each member function exists and is used by multiple objects, how are the proper data members are accessed and updated? The compiler supplies an implicit pointer along with the names of the functions as 'this'. The 'this' pointer is passed as a hidden argument to all nonstatic member function calls and is available as a local variable within the body of all nonstatic functions. 'this' pointer is not available in static member functions as static member functions can be called without any object (with class name). For a class X, the type of this pointer is 'X* '. Also, if a member function of X is declared as const, then the type of this pointer is 'const X *'
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/* The this pointer holds the address of current object, in simple words you can say that this pointer points to the current object of the class. The keyword this identifies a special type of pointer. Suppose that you create an object named x of class A, and class A has a nonstatic member function f(). If you call the function x.f(), the keyword this in the body of f() stores the address of x. You cannot declare the this pointer or make assignments to it. A static member function does not have a this pointer.*/ #include <iostream> using namespace std; class Box { public: // Constructor definition Box(double l = 2.0, double b = 2.0, double h = 2.0) { cout <<"Constructor called." << endl; length = l; breadth = b; height = h; } double Volume() { return length * breadth * height; } int compare(Box box) { return this->Volume() > box.Volume(); } private: double length; // Length of a box double breadth; // Breadth of a box double height; // Height of a box }; int main(void) { Box Box1(3.3, 1.2, 1.5); // Declare box1 Box Box2(8.5, 6.0, 2.0); // Declare box2 if(Box1.compare(Box2)) { cout << "Box2 is smaller than Box1" <<endl; } else { cout << "Box2 is equal to or larger than Box1" <<endl; } return 0; }
If Else Statement in C++
In computer programming, we use the if statement to run a block code only when a certain condition is met. An if statement can be followed by an optional else statement, which executes when the boolean expression is false. There are three forms of if...else statements in C++: • if statement, • if...else statement, • if...else if...else statement,
Syntax for If Statement in C++
if (condition) { // body of if statement }
The if statement evaluates the condition inside the parentheses ( ). If the condition evaluates to true, the code inside the body of if is executed. If the condition evaluates to false, the code inside the body of if is skipped.
Syntax for If...Else Statement
if (condition) { // block of code if condition is true } else { // block of code if condition is false }
The if..else statement evaluates the condition inside the parenthesis. If the condition evaluates true, the code inside the body of if is executed, the code inside the body of else is skipped from execution. If the condition evaluates false, the code inside the body of else is executed, the code inside the body of if is skipped from execution. The if...else statement is used to execute a block of code among two alternatives. However, if we need to make a choice between more than two alternatives, we use the if...else if...else statement.
Syntax for If...Else...Else If Statement in C++
if (condition1) { // code block 1 } else if (condition2){ // code block 2 } else { // code block 3 }
• If condition1 evaluates to true, the code block 1 is executed. • If condition1 evaluates to false, then condition2 is evaluated. • If condition2 is true, the code block 2 is executed. • If condition2 is false, the code block 3 is executed. There can be more than one else if statement but only one if and else statements. In C/C++ if-else-if ladder helps user decide from among multiple options. The C/C++ if statements are executed from the top down. As soon as one of the conditions controlling the if is true, the statement associated with that if is executed, and the rest of the C else-if ladder is bypassed. If none of the conditions is true, then the final else statement will be executed.
Syntax for If Else If Ladder in C++
if (condition) statement 1; else if (condition) statement 2; . . else statement;
Working of the if-else-if ladder: 1. Control falls into the if block. 2. The flow jumps to Condition 1. 3. Condition is tested. If Condition yields true, goto Step 4. If Condition yields false, goto Step 5. 4. The present block is executed. Goto Step 7. 5. The flow jumps to Condition 2. If Condition yields true, goto step 4. If Condition yields false, goto Step 6. 6. The flow jumps to Condition 3. If Condition yields true, goto step 4. If Condition yields false, execute else block. Goto Step 7. 7. Exits the if-else-if ladder. • The if else ladder statement in C++ programming language is used to check set of conditions in sequence. • This is useful when we want to selectively executes one code block(out of many) based on certain conditions. • It allows us to check for multiple condition expressions and execute different code blocks for more than two conditions. • A condition expression is tested only when all previous if conditions in if-else ladder is false. • If any of the conditional expression evaluates to true, then it will execute the corresponding code block and exits whole if-else ladder.
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/* If Else Statement in C++ Language */ #include <iostream> using namespace std; int main () { // local variable declaration: int a = 100; // check the boolean condition if( a < 20 ) { // if condition is true then print the following cout << "a is less than 20;" << endl; } else { // if condition is false then print the following cout << "a is not less than 20;" << endl; } cout << "value of a is : " << a << endl; return 0; }
Memory Management new Operator in C++
Allocate storage space. Default allocation functions (single-object form). A new operator is used to create the object while a delete operator is used to delete the object. When the object is created by using the new operator, then the object will exist until we explicitly use the delete operator to delete the object. Therefore, we can say that the lifetime of the object is not related to the block structure of the program.
Syntax for new Operator in C++
#include <new> //throwing (1) void* operator new (std::size_t size); //nothrow (2) void* operator new (std::size_t size, const std::nothrow_t& nothrow_value) noexcept; //placement (3) void* operator new (std::size_t size, void* ptr) noexcept;
size
Size in bytes of the requested memory block. This is the size of the type specifier in the new-expression when called automatically by such an expression. If this argument is zero, the function still returns a distinct non-null pointer on success (although dereferencing this pointer leads to undefined behavior). size_t is an integral type.
nothrow_value
The constant nothrow. This parameter is only used to distinguish it from the first version with an overloaded version. When the nothrow constant is passed as second parameter to operator new, operator new returns a null-pointer on failure instead of throwing a bad_alloc exception. nothrow_t is the type of constant nothrow.
ptr
A pointer to an already-allocated memory block of the proper size. If called by a new-expression, the object is initialized (or constructed) at this location. For the first and second versions, function returns a pointer to the newly allocated storage space. For the third version, ptr is returned. • (1) throwing allocation: Allocates size bytes of storage, suitably aligned to represent any object of that size, and returns a non-null pointer to the first byte of this block. On failure, it throws a bad_alloc exception. • (2) nothrow allocation: Same as above (1), except that on failure it returns a null pointer instead of throwing an exception. The default definition allocates memory by calling the the first version: ::operator new (size). If replaced, both the first and second versions shall return pointers with identical properties. • (3) placement: Simply returns ptr (no storage is allocated). Notice though that, if the function is called by a new-expression, the proper initialization will be performed (for class objects, this includes calling its default constructor). The default allocation and deallocation functions are special components of the standard library; They have the following unique properties: • Global: All three versions of operator new are declared in the global namespace, not within the std namespace. • Implicit: The allocating versions ((1) and (2)) are implicitly declared in every translation unit of a C++ program, no matter whether header <new> is included or not. • Replaceable: The allocating versions ((1) and (2)) are also replaceable: A program may provide its own definition that replaces the one provided by default to produce the result described above, or can overload it for specific types. If set_new_handler has been used to define a new_handler function, this new-handler function is called by the default definitions of the allocating versions ((1) and (2)) if they fail to allocate the requested storage. operator new can be called explicitly as a regular function, but in C++, new is an operator with a very specific behavior: An expression with the new operator, first calls function operator new (i.e., this function) with the size of its type specifier as first argument, and if this is successful, it then automatically initializes or constructs the object (if needed). Finally, the expression evaluates as a pointer to the appropriate type.
Data races
Modifies the storage referenced by the returned value. Calls to allocation and deallocation functions that reuse the same unit of storage shall occur in a single total order where each deallocation happens entirely before the next allocation. This shall also apply to the observable behavior of custom replacements for this function.
Exception safety
The first version (1) throws bad_alloc if it fails to allocate storage. Otherwise, it throws no exceptions (no-throw guarantee).
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/* C++ allows us to allocate the memory of a variable or an array in run time. This is known as dynamic memory allocation. The new operator denotes a request for memory allocation on the Free Store. If sufficient memory is available, new operator initializes the memory and returns the address of the newly allocated and initialized memory to the pointer variable. */ /* Allocate storage space by operator new */ // C++ program code example to illustrate dynamic allocation and deallocation of memory using new and delete #include <iostream> using namespace std; int main () { // Pointer initialization to null int* p = NULL; // Request memory for the variable // using new operator p = new(nothrow) int; if (!p) cout << "allocation of memory failed\n"; else { // Store value at allocated address *p = 29; cout << "Value of p: " << *p << endl; } // Request block of memory // using new operator float *r = new float(75.25); cout << "Value of r: " << *r << endl; // Request block of memory of size n int n = 5; int *q = new(nothrow) int[n]; if (!q) cout << "allocation of memory failed\n"; else { for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) q[i] = i+1; cout << "Value store in block of memory: "; for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) cout << q[i] << " "; } // freed the allocated memory delete p; delete r; // freed the block of allocated memory delete[] q; return 0; }
exit() Function in C++
The exit function terminates the program normally. Automatic objects are not destroyed, but static objects are. Then, all functions registered with atexit are called in the opposite order of registration. The code is returned to the operating system. An exit code of 0 or EXIT_SUCCESS means successful completion. If code is EXIT_FAILURE, an indication of program failure is returned to the operating system. Other values of code are implementation-defined.
Syntax for exit() Function in C++
void exit (int status);
status
Status code. If this is 0 or EXIT_SUCCESS, it indicates success. If it is EXIT_FAILURE, it indicates failure. Calls all functions registered with the atexit() function, and destroys C++ objects with static storage duration, all in last-in-first-out (LIFO) order. C++ objects with static storage duration are destroyed in the reverse order of the completion of their constructor. (Automatic objects are not destroyed as a result of calling exit().) Functions registered with atexit() are called in the reverse order of their registration. A function registered with atexit(), before an object obj1 of static storage duration is initialized, will not be called until obj1's destruction has completed. A function registered with atexit(), after an object obj2 of static storage duration is initialized, will be called before obj2's destruction starts. Normal program termination performs the following (in the same order): • Objects associated with the current thread with thread storage duration are destroyed (C++11 only). • Objects with static storage duration are destroyed (C++) and functions registered with atexit are called. • All C streams (open with functions in <cstdio>) are closed (and flushed, if buffered), and all files created with tmpfile are removed. • Control is returned to the host environment. Note that objects with automatic storage are not destroyed by calling exit (C++). If status is zero or EXIT_SUCCESS, a successful termination status is returned to the host environment. If status is EXIT_FAILURE, an unsuccessful termination status is returned to the host environment. Otherwise, the status returned depends on the system and library implementation. Flushes all buffers, and closes all open files. All files opened with tmpfile() are deleted. Returns control to the host environment from the program. exit() returns no values.
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/* terminate the process normally, performing the regular cleanup for terminating programs by exit() function code example */ #include<iostream> using namespace std; int main() { int i; cout<<"Enter a non-zero value: "; //user input cin>>i; if(i) // checks whether the user input is non-zero or not { cout<<"Valid input.\n"; } else { cout<<"ERROR!"; //the program exists if the value is 0 exit(0); } cout<<"The input was : "<<i; }
Namespaces in C++ Language
Consider a situation, when we have two persons with the same name, jhon, in the same class. Whenever we need to differentiate them definitely we would have to use some additional information along with their name, like either the area, if they live in different area or their mother's or father's name, etc. Same situation can arise in your C++ applications. For example, you might be writing some code that has a function called xyz() and there is another library available which is also having same function xyz(). Now the compiler has no way of knowing which version of xyz() function you are referring to within your code. A namespace is designed to overcome this difficulty and is used as additional information to differentiate similar functions, classes, variables etc. with the same name available in different libraries. Using namespace, you can define the context in which names are defined. In essence, a namespace defines a scope.
Defining a Namespace
A namespace definition begins with the keyword namespace followed by the namespace name as follows:
namespace namespace_name { // code declarations }
To call the namespace-enabled version of either function or variable, prepend (::) the namespace name as follows:
name::code; // code could be variable or function.
Using Directive
You can also avoid prepending of namespaces with the using namespace directive. This directive tells the compiler that the subsequent code is making use of names in the specified namespace.
Discontiguous Namespaces
A namespace can be defined in several parts and so a namespace is made up of the sum of its separately defined parts. The separate parts of a namespace can be spread over multiple files. So, if one part of the namespace requires a name defined in another file, that name must still be declared. Writing a following namespace definition either defines a new namespace or adds new elements to an existing one:
namespace namespace_name { // code declarations }
Nested Namespaces
Namespaces can be nested where you can define one namespace inside another name space as follows:
namespace namespace_name1 { // code declarations namespace namespace_name2 { // code declarations } }
• Namespace is a feature added in C++ and not present in C. • A namespace is a declarative region that provides a scope to the identifiers (names of the types, function, variables etc) inside it. • Multiple namespace blocks with the same name are allowed. All declarations within those blocks are declared in the named scope. • Namespace declarations appear only at global scope. • Namespace declarations can be nested within another namespace. • Namespace declarations don't have access specifiers. (Public or private) • No need to give semicolon after the closing brace of definition of namespace. • We can split the definition of namespace over several units.
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/* namespaces in C++ language */ // A C++ code to demonstrate that we can define // methods outside namespace. #include <iostream> using namespace std; // Creating a namespace namespace ns { void display(); class happy { public: void display(); }; } // Defining methods of namespace void ns::happy::display() { cout << "ns::happy::display()\n"; } void ns::display() { cout << "ns::display()\n"; } // Driver code int main() { ns::happy obj; ns::display(); obj.display(); return 0; }
Iostream Library get() Function in C++
Get characters. Extracts characters from the stream, as unformatted input. The get() function is used to read a character(at a time) from a file. The classes istream and ostream define two member functions get(), put() respectively to handle the single character input/output operations. There are two types of get() functions. Both get(char *) and get(void) prototype can be used to fetch a character including the blank space,tab and newline character. The get(char *) version assigns the input character to its argument and the get(void) version returns the input character. Since these functions are members of input/output Stream classes, these must be invoked using appropriate objects.
Syntax for get() Function in C++
#include <iostream> //single character (1) int get(); istream& get (char& c); //c-string (2) istream& get (char* s, streamsize n); istream& get (char* s, streamsize n, char delim); //stream buffer (3) istream& get (streambuf& sb); istream& get (streambuf& sb, char delim);
c
The reference to a character where the extracted value is stored.
s
Pointer to an array of characters where extracted characters are stored as a c-string. If the function does not extract any characters (or if the first character extracted is the delimiter character) and n is greater than zero, this is set to an empty c-string.
n
Maximum number of characters to write to s (including the terminating null character). If this is less than 2, the function does not extract any characters and sets failbit. streamsize is a signed integral type.
delim
Explicit delimiting character: The operation of extracting successive characters stops as soon as the next character to extract compares equal to this.
sb
A streambuf object on whose controlled output sequence the characters are copied. • (1) single character Extracts a single character from the stream. The character is either returned (first signature), or set as the value of its argument (second signature). • (2) c-string Extracts characters from the stream and stores them in s as a c-string, until either (n-1) characters have been extracted or the delimiting character is encountered: the delimiting character being either the newline character ('\n') or delim (if this argument is specified). The delimiting character is not extracted from the input sequence if found, and remains there as the next character to be extracted from the stream (see getline for an alternative that does discard the delimiting character). A null character ('\0') is automatically appended to the written sequence if n is greater than zero, even if an empty string is extracted. • (3) stream buffer Extracts characters from the stream and inserts them into the output sequence controlled by the stream buffer object sb, stopping either as soon as such an insertion fails or as soon as the delimiting character is encountered in the input sequence (the delimiting character being either the newline character, '\n', or delim, if this argument is specified). Only the characters successfully inserted into sb are extracted from the stream: Neither the delimiting character, nor eventually the character that failed to be inserted at sb, are extracted from the input sequence and remain there as the next character to be extracted from the stream. The function also stops extracting characters if the end-of-file is reached. If this is reached prematurely (before meeting the conditions described above), the function sets the eofbit flag. Internally, the function accesses the input sequence by first constructing a sentry object (with noskipws set to true). Then (if good), it extracts characters from its associated stream buffer object as if calling its member functions sbumpc or sgetc, and finally destroys the sentry object before returning. The number of characters successfully read and stored by this function can be accessed by calling member gcount. The first signature returns the character read, or the end-of-file value (EOF) if no characters are available in the stream (note that in this case, the failbit flag is also set). All other signatures always return *this. Note that this return value can be checked for the state of the stream (see casting a stream to bool for more info). Errors are signaled by modifying the internal state flags: • eofbit The function stopped extracting characters because the input sequence has no more characters available (end-of-file reached). • failbit Either no characters were written or an empty c-string was stored in s. • badbit Error on stream (such as when this function catches an exception thrown by an internal operation). When set, the integrity of the stream may have been affected. Multiple flags may be set by a single operation. If the operation sets an internal state flag that was registered with member exceptions, the function throws an exception of member type failure.
Data races
Modifies c, sb or the elements in the array pointed by s. Modifies the stream object. Concurrent access to the same stream object may cause data races, except for the standard stream object cin when this is synchronized with stdio (in this case, no data races are initiated, although no guarantees are given on the order in which extracted characters are attributed to threads).
Exception safety
Basic guarantee: if an exception is thrown, the object is in a valid state. It throws an exception of member type failure if the resulting error state flag is not goodbit and member exceptions was set to throw for that state. Any exception thrown by an internal operation is caught and handled by the function, setting badbit. If badbit was set on the last call to exceptions, the function rethrows the caught exception.
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/* reads a single character from the associated stream by get() function code example. */ /* It is used to fetch a character from the file and continues to do so until the end-of-the file condition is reached. */ //C++ Reading the content to a file using ifstream class and file mode ios::in #include<iostream> #include<ifstream> using namespace std; int main() { //Creating an input stream to read a file ifstream ifstream_ob; //Opening a file named File1.txt to read its content ifstream_ob.open("File1.txt", ios::in); char ch; //Reading the file using get() function and displaying its content while(ifstream_ob) { ch = ifstream_ob.get(); cout<<ch; } //Closing the input strea ifstream_ob.close(); return 0; }
Constructors in C++ Language
In C++, constructor is a special method which is invoked automatically at the time of object creation. It is used to initialize the data members of new object generally. The constructor in C++ has the same name as class or structure. Constructors are special class functions which performs initialization of every object. The Compiler calls the Constructor whenever an object is created. Constructors initialize values to object members after storage is allocated to the object. Whereas, Destructor on the other hand is used to destroy the class object. • Default Constructor: A constructor which has no argument is known as default constructor. It is invoked at the time of creating object.
Syntax for Default Constructor in C++
class_name(parameter1, parameter2, ...) { // constructor Definition }
• Parameterized Constructor: In C++, a constructor with parameters is known as a parameterized constructor. This is the preferred method to initialize member data. These are the constructors with parameter. Using this Constructor you can provide different values to data members of different objects, by passing the appropriate values as argument.
Syntax for Parameterized Constructor in C++
class class_name { public: class_name(variables) //Parameterized constructor declared. { } };
• Copy Constructors: These are special type of Constructors which takes an object as argument, and is used to copy values of data members of one object into other object.
Syntax for Copy Constructors in C++
classname (const classname &obj) { // body of constructor }
The copy constructor is a constructor which creates an object by initializing it with an object of the same class, which has been created previously. The copy constructor is used to - • Initialize one object from another of the same type. • Copy an object to pass it as an argument to a function. • Copy an object to return it from a function. If a copy constructor is not defined in a class, the compiler itself defines one.If the class has pointer variables and has some dynamic memory allocations, then it is a must to have a copy constructor. The most common form of copy constructor is shown here.
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/* A constructor is a special type of member function that is called automatically when an object is created. In C++, a constructor has the same name as that of the class and it does not have a return type. */ #include <iostream> using namespace std; // declare a class class Wall { private: double length; double height; public: // initialize variables with parameterized constructor Wall(double len, double hgt) { length = len; height = hgt; } // copy constructor with a Wall object as parameter // copies data of the obj parameter Wall(Wall &obj) { length = obj.length; height = obj.height; } double calculateArea() { return length * height; } }; int main() { // create an object of Wall class Wall wall1(10.5, 8.6); // copy contents of wall1 to wall2 Wall wall2 = wall1; // print areas of wall1 and wall2 cout << "Area of Wall 1: " << wall1.calculateArea() << endl; cout << "Area of Wall 2: " << wall2.calculateArea(); return 0; }
Classes and Objects in C++ Language
The main purpose of C++ programming is to add object orientation to the C programming language and classes are the central feature of C++ that supports object-oriented programming and are often called user-defined types. A class is used to specify the form of an object and it combines data representation and methods for manipulating that data into one neat package. The data and functions within a class are called members of the class.
C++ Class Definitions
When you define a class, you define a blueprint for a data type. This doesn't actually define any data, but it does define what the class name means, that is, what an object of the class will consist of and what operations can be performed on such an object. A class definition starts with the keyword class followed by the class name; and the class body, enclosed by a pair of curly braces. A class definition must be followed either by a semicolon or a list of declarations. For example, we defined the Box data type using the keyword class as follows:
class Box { public: double length; // Length of a box double breadth; // Breadth of a box double height; // Height of a box };
The keyword public determines the access attributes of the members of the class that follows it. A public member can be accessed from outside the class anywhere within the scope of the class object. You can also specify the members of a class as private or protected which we will discuss in a sub-section.
Define C++ Objects
A class provides the blueprints for objects, so basically an object is created from a class. We declare objects of a class with exactly the same sort of declaration that we declare variables of basic types. Following statements declare two objects of class Box:
Box Box1; // Declare Box1 of type Box Box Box2; // Declare Box2 of type Box
Both of the objects Box1 and Box2 will have their own copy of data members.
Accessing the Data Members
The public data members of objects of a class can be accessed using the direct member access operator (.). It is important to note that private and protected members can not be accessed directly using direct member access operator (.).
Classes and Objects in Detail
There are further interesting concepts related to C++ Classes and Objects which we will discuss in various sub-sections listed below: • Class Member Functions: A member function of a class is a function that has its definition or its prototype within the class definition like any other variable. • Class Access Modifiers: A class member can be defined as public, private or protected. By default members would be assumed as private. • Constructor & Destructor: A class constructor is a special function in a class that is called when a new object of the class is created. A destructor is also a special function which is called when created object is deleted. • Copy Constructor: The copy constructor is a constructor which creates an object by initializing it with an object of the same class, which has been created previously. • Friend Functions: A friend function is permitted full access to private and protected members of a class. • Inline Functions: With an inline function, the compiler tries to expand the code in the body of the function in place of a call to the function. • this Pointer: Every object has a special pointer this which points to the object itself. • Pointer to C++ Classes: A pointer to a class is done exactly the same way a pointer to a structure is. In fact a class is really just a structure with functions in it. • Static Members of a Class: Both data members and function members of a class can be declared as static.
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/* using public and private in C++ Class */ // Program to illustrate the working of // public and private in C++ Class #include <iostream> using namespace std; class Room { private: double length; double breadth; double height; public: // function to initialize private variables void initData(double len, double brth, double hgt) { length = len; breadth = brth; height = hgt; } double calculateArea() { return length * breadth; } double calculateVolume() { return length * breadth * height; } }; int main() { // create object of Room class Room room1; // pass the values of private variables as arguments room1.initData(42.5, 30.8, 19.2); cout << "Area of Room = " << room1.calculateArea() << endl; cout << "Volume of Room = " << room1.calculateVolume() << endl; return 0; }
main() Function in C++
A program shall contain a global function named main, which is the designated start of the program in hosted environment. main() function is the entry point of any C++ program. It is the point at which execution of program is started. When a C++ program is executed, the execution control goes directly to the main() function. Every C++ program have a main() function.
Syntax for main() Function in C++
void main() { ............ ............ }
void
void is a keyword in C++ language, void means nothing, whenever we use void as a function return type then that function nothing return. here main() function no return any value.
main
main is a name of function which is predefined function in C++ library. In place of void we can also use int return type of main() function, at that time main() return integer type value. 1) It cannot be used anywhere in the program a) in particular, it cannot be called recursively b) its address cannot be taken 2) It cannot be predefined and cannot be overloaded: effectively, the name main in the global namespace is reserved for functions (although it can be used to name classes, namespaces, enumerations, and any entity in a non-global namespace, except that a function called "main" cannot be declared with C language linkage in any namespace). 3) It cannot be defined as deleted or (since C++11) declared with C language linkage, constexpr (since C++11), consteval (since C++20), inline, or static. 4) The body of the main function does not need to contain the return statement: if control reaches the end of main without encountering a return statement, the effect is that of executing return 0;. 5) Execution of the return (or the implicit return upon reaching the end of main) is equivalent to first leaving the function normally (which destroys the objects with automatic storage duration) and then calling std::exit with the same argument as the argument of the return. (std::exit then destroys static objects and terminates the program). 6) (since C++14) The return type of the main function cannot be deduced (auto main() {... is not allowed). 7) (since C++20) The main function cannot be a coroutine.
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/* simple code example by main() function in C++ */ #include <iostream> using namespace std; int main() { int day = 4; switch (day) { case 1: cout << "Monday"; break; case 2: cout << "Tuesday"; break; case 3: cout << "Wednesday"; break; case 4: cout << "Thursday"; break; case 5: cout << "Friday"; break; case 6: cout << "Saturday"; break; case 7: cout << "Sunday"; break; } return 0; }


"Quicksort" is an Efficient Sorting Algorithm, serving as systematic method for placing the elements of an array in order. 'Quicksort' can operate 'in-place' on an array, requiring small
This C++ Program implements The "B-Tree" data structure. B-tree is a tree data structure that keeps "data sorted" and allows searches, sequential access & insertions in logarithmic
To sort an array in ascending order by bubble sort in C++ language, you have to ask to user to enter the array size then ask to enter array elements, start sorting the array elements by