February 06, 2006

Const int or int for Array??

Do we have to use const int when assigning an array?? Below programme shows you that it is not a must!!!But, why in the past, we need to do that?? when C++ change the rule??? who change it actually?? Anybody knows about that??



using namespace std;

int main () {

int n,m, kk;

cout << "Pls input the initial size of a array:\t"<

cin >> n;

kk= 0; // for assign elements of arrays

for (int k=1 ; k<=5 ; k++) {

n +=1 ;

double U[n];


for (int j=0 ; j



cout<< "U["<



system ("pause");

return 0 ;

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  1. Not sure what compiler you are using, but I think this is not standard C++. I checked Stroustrup and he says the array size must be a constant, and I tried this program in Visual C++

    using namespace std;

    void main()

    int n;
    cout << "Input n:\t";
    cin >> n;
    int U[n];

    and got the following errors.

    c:\documents and settings\dan goodman\desktop\test.cpp(9) : error C2057: expected constant expression
    c:\documents and settings\dan goodman\desktop\test.cpp(9) : error C2466: cannot allocate an array of constant size 0
    c:\documents and settings\dan goodman\desktop\test.cpp(9) : error C2133: 'U' : unknown size

    So if your code really works for you, it's a bonus feature of your compiler.

    06 Feb 2006, 14:26

  2. I use Dev C++. Do you want to know more about this topic? go to this forum and Cirus give me a very good explanation !!


    By the way, who is Stroustrup?? :P

    06 Feb 2006, 15:30

  3. Stroustrup invented C++, and I was referring to his book "The C++ Programming Language". I'm not sure that everything that Cirus told you is correct. My understanding is that space for storage of variables is allocated on the stack and not in the module unless it's a static variable.

    Anyway, what you "should" do, to make it proper C++ is to write:

    int *U = new int [n];
    check that U is not a null pointer (which happens if you have run out of memory)
    blah blah blah
    delete [] U;

    Alternatively, use the vector class from the STL.

    06 Feb 2006, 16:37

  4. Lovely!!!

    Thank you very much for your reply. :)

    06 Feb 2006, 22:49

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