# Help to understand my own misstake?

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Conny14156    279

Hi,

Today/Yesterday I been having a few problem in my code which I manged to "solve", but I was wondering why my original approach didnt work?

Basically I have this std::map with a vector inside it like

std::map<int, std::vector<GameObject*>> testMap;


than i started to insert stuffs like so

mapTest.insert(std::pair<int, std::vector<GameObject*>>(renderID,{gameObjectTest})); //first try
mapTest.insert(mapTest.end(),std::pair<int, std::vector<GameObject*>>(renderID,{gameObjectTest})); //second try


I also tried to have a tempVector where I push_back the gameObjectTest in it and just had tempVector instead of { gameObjectTest }

At this point I got no syntax error or the likes, and when I ran the code it works great.

But when I tried to access the gameobject via

mapTest.at(0).at(0);


I get a std::out_of_range error,

but instead of using .at I tried to use

std::map<int, std::vector<GameObject*>>::iterator it = mapTest.begin();
it->second.at(0);


for now it works and I get no std::out_of_range error. I was wondering how come .at doesnt work but .begin (aka iterator) works?

Edited by Conny14156

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nobodynews    3126

http://en.cppreference.com/w/cpp/container/map/at

std::map::at takes a key, not an index. What your first try was actually accomplishing was returning the value associated with key=0. In the words of that reference:

std::out_of_range if the container does not have an element with the specified key

You didn't have key=0 in your std::map hence that exception. std::map::begin, however, returns an iterator to the first std::pair in the std::map container. The key isn't used at all. As long as there is one item in your std::map the iterator method will work.

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Conny14156    279

i feel stupid and thanks >.<

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Lantre    229

Unless you can guarantee that the particular key you want is in the map you may instead want to consider using find and checking the returned iterator is valid.