Thread: String class confusions

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    String class confusions

    My string array 'wordbank' is empty after my getword function has run. Please could somebody tell me what I need to know about strings to understand why what I'm trying won't work. Thanks

    #include <iostream>
    #include <string>
    using namespace std;
    int main()
    	string wordbank[100];
    	int getword(string);
    	int i = 0;
    	cout << "wordbank[0] is empty? " << wordbank[0].empty() << endl;
    	for (i=0; (!wordbank[i].empty()); i++)
    		cout << wordbank[i];
    int getword(string str)
    	cin >> str;
    	if (str == "Quit")
    		return 1;
    	return 0;

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    int getword(string& str)
    You have to pass str by reference, so that the modifications are visible to the caller.

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    kmdv's observation is on the mark, but a few other things to watch out for:
    • wordbank is an array of 100 words, but your loop that reads into wordbank does not check for this, thus your program is susceptible to buffer overflow.
    • getword probably should return a bool instead of an int.
    • While reading into wordbank, you increment i. Thus, when the loop terminates, you know the number of words that have been stored. Use this knowledge instead of testing with wordbank[i].empty().
    • As a matter of good style, include the parameter name in your forward declaration of getword. Personally, I would rather forward declare getword at file scope rather than in the scope of main.
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    Thanks for your help both!

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