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### #1YNV_DeViouS  Members

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 11:58 PM

I am new to c++ and this is my first c++ program. I am experimenting with little things, but is there any simpler way of writing this code, and by writing this code is there some way I can use length for both char * c and char * x? Thanks for your help in advance.

### #2haegarr  Members

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 01:08 AM

is there any simpler way of writing this code

Routines are used to write reusable code only once. E.g.

void
writeTextLine(char const* text, int length) {
... put the writing herein
}

(Using the routine is shown below in the next comment.)

is there some way I can use length for both char * c and char * x?

"length" is a variable can be overwritten:

int length;
char * c = "Hallo World!\n";
char * x = "\nI'm a C++ program";
length = 13;
writeTextLine( c, length );
length = 18;
writeTextLine( x, length );

However, with the routine at hand, using "length" in the main part is somewhat oversized, because the following solution would do the same thing:

char * c = "Hallo World!\n";
char * x = "\nI'm a C++ program";
writeTextLine( c, 13 );
writeTextLine( x, 18 );

Next, the size of the length of character arrays can be determined by using a pre-defined routine, namely "strlen". Using it would avoid the need of counting the character arrays' characters at all. This works, of course, only if you don't want to write just a part of a text line.

However, a problem with your code is the usage of character arrays instead of the string class. Although legal, it is an error-prone way of doing things.

P.S.: Please stop posting code snippets as screen shots. Post them as text surrounded by the "code" tags (see the button labeled "< >" in the tool bar of the editor panel). It makes reading easier and it makes copy-&-paste of snippets into answers possible.

Edited by haegarr, 29 July 2013 - 01:10 AM.

### #3Zaoshi Kaba  Members

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 01:44 AM

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Since you're using C++ you should refrain from using char* for text. string class was made specifically for that.

// at the top
#include <string>
using std::string;

// in main
string c = "Hello world\n";
for(int i = 0; i < c.length(); i++) {
cout << c[ i ];
Sleep(150);
}

// alternatively
cout << c; // print whole string at once


### #4YNV_DeViouS  Members

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 02:19 PM

Thank you for the help. It does make more sense to use string instead of char now that you guys have explained things, and from now on i will post code snippets instead of screen shots, thanks for the reminder.

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 04:56 PM

Since you're using C++ you should refrain from using char* for text. string class was made specifically for that.

// at the top
#include <string>
using std::string;

// in main
string c = "Hello world\n";
for(int i = 0; i < c.length(); i++) {
cout << c[ i ];
Sleep(150);
}

And you should refrain from using "for" to iterate through entire containers in order because range-for was made specifically for that.

for (auto c : "Hello world!\n") {
cout << c;
Sleep(150);
}

(In this very specific scenario, it doesn't actually help to use the string class. Good idea 99% of the time, though.)

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