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# initialising dynamic arrays with an argument

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hey there, I''m sure this question is really easy but I can''t seem to find a solution anywhere. I''m creating a dynamic array of a number of blocks like this: m_Blocks = new cBlock[NUMBEROFBLOCKS]; but the problem is that I need to pass an argument to each of the constructors, in this case a pointer to my display. If I was just creating one block I would do it like this: m_Blocks = new cBlock(m_Display); but for arrays, do I put the argument after the [] or before or where? See! Very easy Thank you if you can help me. I''m using vc++ 6.0.

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You can''t do that in standard C++ and I don''t believe that any of MSVC 6''s extensions will allow it either.

One work around is to use a std::vector<cBlock>, and use the resize() function to insert values into the vector.

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Original post by Jaggy
do I put the argument after the [] or before or where?

I''m not being helpful, but anyway...

Two things:

1. Why don''t you use vectors?
2. Why don''t you just try and see if before or after works, instead of asking?

Oh, crap SiCrane beat me to it. oh well.

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I did try both before and after before coming here, but they both errored. I figured it might have been something dumb like I needed some weird character between them.

And vectors - I haven''t used them before. I''ll take a look, though. Thank you.

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The following works for me (gcc):

cBlock *m_Blocks = new cBlock[NUMBEROFBLOCKS](m_Display);

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That''s a non-standard gcc extension. If you compile that with -pedantic, it will give you an error.

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I played around with vectors, and I did get it working So thanks.
This is how I did it, please let me know if I'm doing anything bad:

In my header file I declared the collection of blocks like this:

std::vector<cBlock*> m_EditBlocks;

and filled it like this:
m_EditBlocks.resize(NUMBEROFBLOCKS, new cBlock(m_Display));

That works great. I have a problem now which is deallocating the memory.
I have used
delete [] m_EditBlocks;

but it errors. Which got me thinking I have been using my vector wrongly. Can anyone help?

edit : lost some code in the HTML

[edited by - jaggy on April 15, 2004 9:29:01 AM]

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Why use a cBlock* at all?
Why not just a vector<cBlock>?
That''ll take care of all the memory management for you.

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This poses an interesting question, how DO vectors allocate memory? For example, when you resize or push_back, does it reallocate the whole vector or work like a linked list, assigning new memory all over the place and linking them in each element.

What I''m asking is, does a vector work like an array, and if so, does a sizeof( vectorOfInts[0] ) == sizeof( int ) ?

Stay Clausal,

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Vectors use continues memory, AFAIK. It uses an std::allocator to allocate the memory. The allocator probably reserves 2mb of data, and the vector takes what it needs. If it needs more, the allocator already have memory reserved, and it uses that memory.

I assume, that when the allocator runs out of memory, it will allocate a new block, and move all other data into that.

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