Understanding C++ Online References

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    Understanding C++ Online References

    That may be a poorly worded title, but this is what I am confused about. The only online reference I use for C++ is this website:


    When I look functions up, it doesn't seem to tell me everything that is available. For instance, when looking the transform function here:


    this is the prototype:

    #include <algorithm>
    iterator transform( iterator start, iterator end, iterator result, UnaryFunction f );
    iterator transform( iterator start1, iterator end1, iterator start2, iterator result, BinaryFunction f );
    What exactly is UnaryFunction f? I know that a unary function is something that operates on only one member (unlike binary operators addition, multiplication, etc). From other code, I have seen that tolower and toupper work there when operating on strings, but what else is available?

    For a day or two I messed around with Windows programming and when searching the MSDN is seemed to explicitly say what options could be placed there. Are there any sites like that are a general C++ reference site and not specific to windows programming?

    It seems like the biggest hurdle to programming is understanding the documentation. There certainly isn't a lack of it out there. It's just getting to the point where it all makes sense and you can understand it.

    Check this code out:

    // An improved version of the program! ^_^ Good mood...
    #include <iostream>
    #include <string>
    int main (void) 
       std::string answer = "twenty";
       std::cout << "How many apples did I buy? (word answers):";
       std::cin >> answer;
       transform(answer.begin(), answer.end(), answer.begin(), tolower);
       if(answer != "twenty")
           std::cout << "Sorry, you're wrong\n";
           std::cout << "Yes, that's correct\n";
    One more quick question.
    Why does this code work without me including the algorithm header? Is it automatically included with the string header?

    Thank you.

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    Code Goddess Prelude's Avatar
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    >What exactly is UnaryFunction f?
    A template parameter name. It basically means that a function or function object that can take one argument is expected.

    >Are there any sites like that are a general C++ reference site and not specific to windows programming?
    I'm not sure what you mean by "like that", but I prefer Dinkumware's reference when I don't have the standard on me.

    >Is it automatically included with the string header?
    Or the iostream header, but you shouldn't rely on that.
    My best code is written with the delete key.

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    I find that reference site to be incomplete anyway. Check out http://www.sgi.com/tech/stl/table_of_contents.html see if it works for you. While it's not as orgaized into subsections as the other one, it has much more information.

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    The STL operates on a higher level of abstraction; it makes use of concepts. Eg. BinaryFunction is simply a function which takes two arguments of some type and returns a value. It doesn't even need to be a normal function; you can pass a function pointer or even object.

    The code snippet will not or should not compile:
    <algorithm> is not included
    transform() is in std::
    #include <stdio.h>
    void J(char*a){int f,i=0,c='1';for(;a[i]!='0';++i)if(i==81){
    /3*3+f/3*9+f%3]==c||a[i%9+f*9]==c||a[i-i%9+f]==c)goto e;a[i]=c;J(a);a[i]
    ='0';e:;}}int main(int c,char**v){int t=0;if(c>1){for(;v[1][
    t];++t);if(t==81){J(v[1]);return 0;}}puts("sudoku [0-9]{81}");return 1;}

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    Frequently Quite Prolix dwks's Avatar
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    I also find that cppreference.com isn't the best. I usually use google, not a particular reference.

    Man pages are often a good reference. Googling for "man function" often works.

    Also see this: About the functions in C.

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    Thanks for the help.

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