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Copying Strings

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/* Copying Strings */ #include <iostream> #include <string> using namespace std; int main( ) { string s1( "this is a test" ); string s1_copy; s1_copy = s1; string s1_duplicate( s1 ); cout << "String 1: " << s1 << "\nCopy of String 1: " << s1_copy << "\nDuplicate of String1: " << s1_duplicate; string s2( "B" ); cout << "\n\nString 2: " << s2; s1 = s2.substr( 0, 6 ); cout << s1; }
Standard Output Stream (cout) in C++
The cout is a predefined object of ostream class. It is connected with the standard output device, which is usually a display screen. The cout is used in conjunction with stream insertion operator (<<) to display the output on a console. On most program environments, the standard output by default is the screen, and the C++ stream object defined to access it is cout.
Syntax for cout in C++
cout << var_name; //or cout << "Some String";
The syntax of the cout object in C++: cout << var_name; Or cout << "Some String";
is the insertion operator
is usually a variable, but can also be an array element or elements of containers like vectors, lists, maps, etc. The "c" in cout refers to "character" and "out" means "output". Hence cout means "character output". The cout object is used along with the insertion operator << in order to display a stream of characters. The << operator can be used more than once with a combination of variables, strings, and manipulators. cout is used for displaying data on the screen. The operator << called as insertion operator or put to operator. The Insertion operator can be overloaded. Insertion operator is similar to the printf() operation in C. cout is the object of ostream class. Data flow direction is from variable to output device. Multiple outputs can be displayed using cout.
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/* standard output stream (cout) in C++ language */ #include <iostream> using namespace std; int main() { string str = "Do not interrupt me"; char ch = 'm'; // use cout with write() cout.write(str,6); cout << endl; // use cout with put() cout.put(ch); return 0; }
String Library substr() Function in C++
Generate substring. Returns a newly constructed string object with its value initialized to a copy of a substring of this object. The substring is the portion of the object that starts at character position pos and spans len characters (or until the end of the string, whichever comes first). In C++, std::substr() is a predefined function used for string handling. This function takes two values pos and len as an argument and returns a newly constructed string object with its value initialized to a copy of a sub-string of this object. Copying of string starts from pos and is done till pos+len means [pos, pos+len).
Syntax for String substr() Function in C++
#include <string> string substr (size_t pos = 0, size_t len = npos) const;
Position of the first character to be copied as a substring. If this is equal to the string length, the function returns an empty string. If this is greater than the string length, it throws out_of_range. The first character is denoted by a value of 0 (not 1).
Number of characters to include in the substring (if the string is shorter, as many characters as possible are used). A value of string::npos indicates all characters until the end of the string. size_t is an unsigned integral type (the same as member type string::size_type). Function returns a string object with a substring of this object. • The index of the first character is 0 (not 1). • If pos is equal to the string length, the function returns an empty string. • If pos is greater than the string length, it throws out_of_range. If this happens, there are no changes in the string. • If the requested sub-string len is greater than the size of a string, then returned sub-string is [pos, size()).
Unspecified, but generally linear in the length of the returned object.
Iterator validity
No changes
Data races
The object is accessed
Exception safety
Strong guarantee: if an exception is thrown, there are no changes in the string. If pos is greater than the string length, an out_of_range exception is thrown. A bad_alloc exception is thrown if the function needs to allocate storage and fails.
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/* string substr() function is used for handling string operations. It generates a new string with its value initialized to a copy of a sub-string of this object. */ #include <iostream> using namespace std; int main() { string str1 = "I Love Clementine"; int start = 5; int len = 10; char substring[len+1]; for(int i=0; i < len; i++) { substring[i] = str1[start + i]; } //end string substring[len] = '\0'; cout << substring; }
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 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 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; }
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; }
#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; }
str() Function in C++
The stringstream, ostringstream, and istringstream objects are used for input and output to a string. They behave in a manner similar to fstream, ofstream and ifstream objects. The function str() can be used in two ways. First, it can be used to get a copy of the string that is being manipulated by the current stream string. This is most useful with output strings. The first form (1) returns a string object with a copy of the current contents of the stream. The second form (2) sets s as the contents of the stream, discarding any previous contents. The object preserves its open mode: if this includes ios_base::ate, the writing position is moved to the end of the new sequence. Internally, the function calls the str member of its internal string buffer object.
Syntax for str() Function in C++
//form1 string str() const; //form2 void str (const string& s);
A string object, whose content is copied. For (1), function returns a string object with a copy of the current contents in the stream buffer.
Data races
Accesses (1) or modifies (2) the ostringstream object. Concurrent access to the same object may cause data races.
Exception safety
Basic guarantee: if an exception is thrown, the object is in a valid state.
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/* get and set string object whose content is present in the stream by str() function code example. */ #include <sstream> #include <iostream> int main() { int n; std::istringstream in; // could also use in("1 2") in.str("1 2"); in >> n; std::cout << "after reading the first int from \"1 2\", the int is " << n << ", str() = \"" << in.str() << "\"\n"; std::ostringstream out("1 2"); out << 3; std::cout << "after writing the int '3' to output stream \"1 2\"" << ", str() = \"" << out.str() << "\"\n"; std::ostringstream ate("1 2", std::ios_base::ate); ate << 3; std::cout << "after writing the int '3' to append stream \"1 2\"" << ", str() = \"" << ate.str() << "\"\n"; }
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; }

In sometimes you have a "condition" and you want to execute a block of code if condition is true and execute another piece of code if the same condition is false. This can be achieved