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Hi there

I have 3 points of X,Y and Z values to make a triangle on a plane.

I am wishing to pass these variables to a function that would then be bale to calculate the normal for me.

I am using an array of 4, this is passed to another function which can then generate a wall and a triangle.

I then want to be able to pass this to the function for normal calculation.

int normalArray[3][3][3] = {wallArray[0], 0, wallArray[1],wallArray[0], 3, wallArray[1],wallArray[2], 3, wallArray[3]};

Do I just need to do void myFunction(normalArray[][][]) as the argument?

Many thanks

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Only the first dimension may be of unspecified length; the other dimensions must be of fixed sized. So change the function prototype to

void myFunction(int normalArray[][3][3])

But I would not recommend using raw arrays anyway. Use first class types as boost's multiarray for multi dimensional arrays that behaves more like values.

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How would I do that? Do I need to download a new library?

What I am trying to achieve is to enable for normals and drawing to occour generically on any wall. This would then allow for a user to be able to create there own walls... in idea.

I currently am taking in 4 input arguments for a wall (all walls are the same height for simplicity).
int wall1[] = {-50,-150,-50,50};

I am then passing this to a function to draw the wall and create 3 XYZ co-ordinate to define a plane so a normal can be calculated for lighting and collision detection.

int * Enviroment::drawWall(int wallArray[])

int normalArray[3][3] = {wallArray[0], 0, wallArray[1],wallArray[0], 3, wallArray[1],wallArray[2], 3, wallArray[3]};

std::cout<<"the array1 is "<<normalArray[0][0]<<std::endl;
std::cout<<"the array2 is "<<normalArray[0][1]<<std::endl;
std::cout<<"the array3 is "<<normalArray[0][2]<<std::endl;


glTexCoord2f(0,0); glVertex3f(wallArray[0], 0, wallArray[1]);
glTexCoord2f(1,0); glVertex3f(wallArray[0], 3, wallArray[1]);
glTexCoord2f(1,1); glVertex3f(wallArray[2], 3, wallArray[3]);
glTexCoord2f(0,1); glVertex3f(wallArray[2], 0, wallArray[3]);



return *normalArray;

I am then wanting to use the normal array in my last calculation for normal calculation. I am about to change thos to access the new arrays. It calculates the cross products and returns an output.

int * Collision::CalculateNormal(int normalArray[3][3],int normal[3])

//calcualte cross product
float ux = point2[0] - point1[0];
float uy = point2[1] - point1[1];
float uz = point2[2] - point1[2];
float vx = point3[0] - point1[0];
float vy = point3[1] - point1[1];
float vz = point3[2] - point1[2];

//float normal[3];
normal [0] = ((vy*uz) - (vz*uy))*-1;
normal [1] = ((vz*ux) - (vx*uz));
normal [2] = ((vx*uy) - (vy*ux));
/*normal [0] = ((uy*vz) - (uz*vy))*-1;
normal [1] = ((ux*vz) - (uz*vx));
normal [2] = ((ux*vy) - (uy*vx));*/

return normal;


Is there a better way to do this?
Is there a way to return 3 arrays?
Any help would be greatly appreciated
Thanks again

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Why not use types to logically group the data?

struct Vector3 {
float x, y, z;

struct Triangle {
Vector3 vertices[3];

Vector3 normal(const Triangle &triangle) {
// ...

You didn't really explain the purpose of the outermost dimension of your array. I don't understand what you mean by "I am using an array of 4", do you mean a 4 element array of triangles?

C++ arrays are second class citizens. They don't act like other types, you cannot assign them and they decay to pointers frequently. You cannot return them from a function. I recommend that you avoid them if you can in favour of other data structures. Wrapping an array in a structure (like the Triangle in the example above) can help them behave.

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Sorry for my lack of clarification.

the 4 array I was talking about occours in the main and is used to draw the wall. it takes in the firstX,firstZ,lastX,lastZ. At the moment I am just setting them to numbers but am hoping to change it to variables of a mouse click. a click of the mouse would give firstX and Z secon click of the mouse would give endX endZ and produce a wall.

(My Y axis is currently always between 0 and 3 for easiness and to ensure all the walls are the same size)

I am then passing these to the function to draw a wall this can then create the information required to calculate normals.

Are you suggesting within my wall method to create a struct?
This would then take my 3 points?

would this be like

vector3.x = array[0];
vector3.y = array [1];
vector3.z = array [2];
vector3.x = array2[0];
vector3.y = array2[1];
vector3.z = array2[2];

vector3.x = array3[0];
vector3.y = array3[1];
vector3.z = array3[2];


Would I then pass the vertice to my Collision Class?

like normal[] = Collision::CalculateNormal(vertice1,vertice2,vertice3);

Sorry I have never tried to pass information in multiple places, assign different sizes etc before and am new to trying this.

I just want to make sure I have the right idea

I am using C++ I don't know if that makes any difference as I am not used to C but I know C is more heavy on strcuts then C++.

I appreciate all your help

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