Question about variables

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    Question about variables

    Hello. I am new to C++, but am really enjoying programming in it, and am loving the site's tutorials. But I have a question about variables. I know that char can hold the ascii code of a letter, but what do I do if I want to have more than one letter, like a whole word? For instance, in my experimental program, I have it set to go back to the menu if the user enters m, or exit the program if the user enters e. What would I do if I wanted them to enter "menu" or "exit" instead?

    I apologize if this has been asked and answered many times, I couldn't find the answer to it

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    You would have an array of characters. This is called a C-style string, or NULL-terminated string, because the last character is a NULL byte indicating the end of the string.

    In C++, you may also use STL's std::string class.

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    In C++, you should learn the string class before learning C style strings despite the fact that many tutorials and books still teach them the other way around.

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    Thanks you guys

    EDIT: Nevermind, I should have looked in the tutorials for strings in the first place.

    Thanks for all your help
    Last edited by BongoBob; 03-01-2006 at 10:25 PM.

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