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Hi there,

I'm new to Gamedev.net and c++ programming in general, which is why I have this incredibly trivial problem that I'm trying to solve with my C++ code.

Anyone know what's the best way to get my program to write "please enter number " one, two, three, four, five. So that it keeps changing up to the fifth time? I tried a if, else if loop which seemed to go horribly wrong?

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[/size][/font][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"]
[font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"][/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font]int[/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][font="Consolas"][size="2"] array1[5];
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cout << [/size][/font][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"]"Please enter a number: "[/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][font="Consolas"][size="2"];
[/size][/font][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"]int[/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][font="Consolas"][size="2"] x;
cin >> x;
array1[n] = x;

}

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cout << array1[0] << endl;
cout << array1[1] << endl;
cout << array1[2] << endl;
cout << array1[3] << endl;
cout << array1[4] << endl;

system ([/size][/font][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"]"pause"[/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][font="Consolas"][size="2"]);
[/size][/font][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"]return[/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][font="Consolas"][size="2"] 0;

}

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Thanks mate,

I managed to tidy up my little code a bit:

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string listnumber;

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listnumber = [/size][/font][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"]"second"[/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][font="Consolas"][size="2"];
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listnumber = [/size][/font][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"]"third"[/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][font="Consolas"][size="2"];
} [/size][/font][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"]else[/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][font="Consolas"][size="2"] [/size][/font][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"]if[/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][font="Consolas"][size="2"](i == 3){
listnumber = [/size][/font][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"]"forth"[/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][font="Consolas"][size="2"];
} [/size][/font][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"]else[/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][font="Consolas"][size="2"] [/size][/font][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"]if[/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][font="Consolas"][size="2"](i == 4){
listnumber = [/size][/font][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"]"fifth"[/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][font="Consolas"][size="2"];
}

cout << [/size][/font][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"]"Please enter your "[/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][font="Consolas"][size="2"] << listnumber << [/size][/font][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"]" number: "[/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][font="Consolas"][size="2"];
[/size][/font][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"]int[/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][font="Consolas"][size="2"] x;
cin >> x;
array1[i] = x;

}

cout << [/size][/font][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"]"The five numbers you entered are: "[/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][font="Consolas"][size="2"];
i = 0;
[/size][/font][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#0000ff"]for[/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][font="Consolas"][size="2"](i=0; i<5; i++){
cout << array1[i] << endl;
}

system ([/size][/font][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"][font="Consolas"][size="2"][color="#a31515"]"pause"[/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][/color][/size][/font][font="Consolas"][size="2"][font="Consolas"][size="2"]);[/size][/font][/size][/font]

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}

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[quote name='malcolmj' timestamp='1298456837' post='4777901']
I managed to tidy up my little code a bit:
[/quote]
If you want to tidy it up a little more, consider making a function that takes an integer and returns the ordinal number ( See the wikipedia article on Ordinal Number(Linguistics) ) as a std::string. I suggest something like:

[code]std::string int_to_ordinal(int n) {
...
}

cout << "Please enter your " << int_to_ordinal(i) << " number: ";[/code]
This is a good thing to do because it seperates the responsibilities of your code, makes it easier to read what the loop is doing, and allows for greater code reuse. If you want to output the ordinal number. I'm a little iffy on whether int_to_ordinal is a good name for the function, but the concept is the important thing. Next, when you have the user enter the number you create a temporary x and then immediately assign x to array1[i]. You can skip that step and just assign to the array[i] directly. Another thing, you can create the int variable i in the for loop directly instead of using it outside the loop. This is generally preferred in C++ other the way you are doing it unless you need to use that variable again outside the loop. Combining all of this and a few other things together gives you:

[code]
#include <iostream>
#include <string>

using namespace std;

string int_to_ordinal(int i) {
// you can rewrite this anyway you want in the future. perhaps use a switch
// statement or some more complicated algorithm that would work for any
// number, not just 1-5
if(i == 1){
return "first";
} else if(i == 2){
return "second";
} else if(i == 3){
return "third";
} else if(i == 4){
return "fourth";
} else if(i == 5){
return "fifth";
}
return ""
}

int main(){
int array1[5];

for(int i = 0; i < 5; i++){
cout << "Please enter your " << int_to_ordinal(i+1) << " number: ";
cin >> array1[i];
}
cout << "The five numbers you entered are: ";
for(int i = 0; i < 5; i++){
cout << array1[i] << endl;
}

system ("pause");
// return 0; is not necessary at the end of main
}

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