Formatting a string

This is a discussion on Formatting a string within the C++ Programming forums, part of the General Programming Boards category; OK, so this kinda goes along with the other post i made. In my app i'm storing the dates as ...

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    Formatting a string

    OK, so this kinda goes along with the other post i made. In my app i'm storing the dates as MMDD in a deque <int> but i would like to output the date to the console as MM/DD what would be the best way to do this.
    Sorry, but i'm a Code::Blocks man now.

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    So you're storing the month & day together in one int between 0101 & 1231?
    Well I'd say the easiest way would be to convert the int into a string, then stick a '/' in the middle. You'll have to make sure the int gets a leading 0 when it converts to a string if the month is < 10.

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    Well i'm storing it as an int because i'm sorting it by date. e.g. 612 > 610, so it goes before it in the list. So i'd be making life hard if i used it as a string. Unless i make a temporary string, assign it the value held in the int then stick the '/' in it and use that to print to the screen...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terran View Post
    Well i'm storing it as an int because i'm sorting it by date. e.g. 612 > 610, so it goes before it in the list. So i'd be making life hard if i used it as a string. Unless i make a temporary string, assign it the value held in the int then stick the '/' in it and use that to print to the screen...
    I'm pretty sure that's what cp meant.

    Also: If you remember to put the zeroes in the string, the string will also sort in date order as well.

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    You can sort strings. You can also store the month and day separately in a struct or class and sort by the class. You can overload the operator<< for the class and have it output the date in whatever format you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daved View Post
    You can sort strings. You can also store the month and day separately in a struct or class and sort by the class. You can overload the operator<< for the class and have it output the date in whatever format you want.
    Interesting idea, although a bit much for this application.
    Sorry, but i'm a Code::Blocks man now.

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    >> Interesting idea, although a bit much for this application.
    Perhaps. It might also be less code than what you've got now, and it's the "right" way to do it.

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