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    Question about std::string..

    Hi I'm curious as to how you would display an std::string using cout, this bit of code gives me an error "<< no operator found which takes a righthand operand type "std::string""

    Code:
    class TextEngine
    {
    	void Respond()
    	{
    		std::cout << Response << std::endl;
    	}
    	std::string Response;
    };
    I'm a noob to std:: string so maybe I'm doing this wrong...
    Sometimes I forget what I am doing when I enter a room, actually, quite often.

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    Code:
    #include <iostream>
    
    int main()
    {
    	std::string str("Hello, world!");
    	
    	std::cout << str << std::endl;
    	
    	return 0;
    }
    If this compiles and runs, you have a different problem. Make sure you're including iostream and possibly the string header string.

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    Code:
    #include <string.h>
    #include <iostream>
    
    class TextEngine
    {
    	void Respond()
    	{
    		std::cout << Response << std::endl;
    	}
    	std::string Response;
    
    };
    Thats the whole thing, and it doesn't work.... I wonder...
    Sometimes I forget what I am doing when I enter a room, actually, quite often.

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    Don't include string.h. The .h extension is from older days. Just do this:

    Code:
    #include <string>

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    All of the class members are private, so calling Respond() outside of other class member functions is impossible. Might I add that MacGuyver has the simplest idea with the least boilerplate code.

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    I forgot about string and string.h

    Ooops! :d
    Sometimes I forget what I am doing when I enter a room, actually, quite often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shamino View Post
    I forgot about string and string.h

    Ooops! :d
    I guess that's why your the Absent minded programmer

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    Some compilers allow you to use string by only including <iostream>. Others let you use parts of string but not the overload operators (which probably happened here). The safest and most correct thing of course is to just always #include <string> when you use the string class.

    >> Don't include string.h. The .h extension is from older days.
    To be technical, <string.h> is from C, and is standard but deprecated in C++. The preferred version of <string.h> in C++ is <cstring>. However, these two headers are unrelated to <string>. Most programs will use one or the other, but it is possible you would need both since they contain different things.

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