Query about strings

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    Query about strings

    I'm having trouble making a loop that would count letters of an array until it reaches the end of the array, then display the length of the largest word in that array. For example:

    array[14] = { "h", "a", "p", "p", "y", " ", "b", "i", "r", "t", "h", .... }

    you get the point. My question is, how can I fix this loop so it reads not only the first word, but the second word as well? Below is my version, which runs improperly.


    while ( string[j] != '\0' ){

    if ( string[j] != ' ' )
    {
    counter++;
    j++;
    }
    else if ( counter > bignum )
    {
    bignum = counter;
    counter = 0;
    j++;
    }
    else
    j++;

    }

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    You don't have enough "cases". Compare below with your code.

    int bignum = 0;

    while ( string[j] != '\0' ){

    if ( string[j] != ' ' )
    {
    counter++;
    j++;
    }
    else if (sting[j] == ' ' && counter > bignum )
    {
    bignum = counter;
    counter = 0;
    j++;
    }
    else if(string[j] == ' ' && counter <= bignum)
    {
    counter = 0;
    j++;
    }
    }

    cout << "the longest word was " << bignum << " letters long." << endl;

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