Expected Constant Expression in one compiler

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    Expected Constant Expression in one compiler

    I declare count2 earlier in the program. In one compiler, this doesn't cause an error, but my compiler at school (Microsoft Visual C++) is telling me that a constant expression is required. Does anyone know how I could fix this?

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    lottery lotto_number[count2];

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    Yes, declare count as a const. The index value of an array declared like that cannot be a variable.

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    The g++ compiler supports a non-const value for the array size because it is allowed in C even though it is not allowed in C++. That is why it works on one compiler even though it doesn't on another.

    You probably don't need to or want to use that g++ extension. Use vectors for dynamic arrays instead.

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    Just another one of those examples which show its better to learn the language rather than a compiler's implementation of that language.

    Otherwise, how would you ever be able to tell the difference between what's guaranteed by the standard (you expect it to work the same on all compilers) or some specific extension.

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