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    BabyNames

    I have an assignment for C++ beginners class. It specifies that my program must read in the names of .txt file. The program is called BabyNames and upon prompting the user to enter a name, it will take in the name, compare it to the .txt file and either find a match among the boy and girl names (or both). If it finds a match it should output the rank of the name. it should also indicate if there is no match. the .txt file looks like this....
    1 Jacob Emily
    2 Michael Emma
    3 Joshua Madison
    4 Matthew Olivia
    5 Ethan Hannah
    and so on and so forth for 1,000 total lines.
    Im using visual studio 2010 as my compiler, and here is what I have so far. Need help.


    Code:
    #include <string>
    #include <iostream>
    #include <fstream>
    #include <cstdlib> 
    
    int main ( )
    {
     using namespace std; 
    
     string inputName, boyName, girlName;
     ifstream babyFile;
     int rank;
     char another = 'y';
     
     while (another =='y')
     {
      babyFile.open("babynames2004.txt");
      // verify that it opened
      if (babyFile.fail( ))
      {
       cout << "Can't open babynames2004.txt\n";
       exit(1);
      } 
    
      cout << "Enter the name to search for: ";
      cin >> inputName; 
    
      while (babyFile >> rank)
      {
       babyFile >> boyName;
       babyFile >> girlName;
       if (inputName == boyName)
       {
        cout << inputName << " is ranked "
         << rank << " in popularity among boys.\n";
       }
      }
      babyFile.close();
      babyFile.clear();
      cout << "Try another name? ";
      cin >> another;
     }
     return 0;
    }

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    .........

    I guess nobody can figure out why this program just keeps asking me to enter another name?

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    You are impatient. That is all I have to say.

    EDIT:
    You will have to be more specific about what is not working.
    Enter a male name does indeed work.
    Entering a female name does not.
    Nor does it work if it doesn't find a match.
    Last edited by Elysia; 04-06-2011 at 01:03 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tachyon22 View Post
    I guess nobody can figure out why this program just keeps asking me to enter another name?
    I don't know what you mean. This is what I get:

    Code:
    Enter the name to search for: Jacob
    Jacob is ranked 1 in popularity among boys.
    Try another name? y
    Enter the name to search for: Michael
    Michael is ranked 2 in popularity among boys.
    Try another name? y
    Enter the name to search for: Emma
    Try another name? n
    It asks for names until something other than 'y' is the response to "Try another name?". Seems functional to me. Of course, it's not outputting the popularity of girls' names or indicating no match was found, but it looks like that part hasn't been attempted yet.

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    Pretty much the same as this other thread
    Please help.
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