string array assignment problem

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    string array assignment problem

    hey all,
    new to the forum, hope you can help.

    Can anyone tell me why the following code doesn't work:

    Code:
    #include <iostream>
    #include <string>
    
    using namespace std;
    
    int main()
    {
        string aName[20];
        int index;
    
        index=1;
        aName[index] = "whatever";
    
        return 0;
    }
    I'm trying to assign a string to the second element of a string array.

    thanks

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    Add a cout << aName[index] << "\n"; after it to see if it works. It should.
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    when i run the code it assigns an empty string ("") to aName[1]. The code will assign the string if index = 0, but not any value higher than 0.

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    OK. I see my problem. The code is working. Its the way values are displayed in a watch window that confused me. When I enter aName[index] in the watch window i see the text. When i enter aName in the watch window I see "". I think the watch window is only displaying aName[0] when i enter aName (which doesn't have a value assigned).

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