Thread: Concurrent execution of cout statements while program is running? (ask)

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    Concurrent execution of cout statements while program is running? (ask)

    So I had this idea to beautify my console window by using (char)219 ASCII value which is a white block. So essentially I used that to make a border. Then I thought about having a non-static background.

    So using: delay, clear-screen and cout statements; the border, which is checkered in look would keep blinking.

    Using SetConsolePosition from windows.h, I could easily place text inside this border and there's no problem with this non-static border.

    But here's the issue. The execution of cout statements stop when the program needs the user to enter a character.

    So is there anyway at all to have those cout statements be executing on their own while the user can give his input?

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    ReadConsoleInput function - Windows Console | Microsoft Docs
    GetNumberOfConsoleInputEvents function - Windows Console | Microsoft Docs

    If you want very fine detailed control over the console, you'll be better off using a library like ncurses / pdcurses.

    There might be a way to do what you want with cin/cout, but it will be messy.
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    Ahh I just read about Multi-threading using the 'thread' header file. I hadn't known that there was support for this.. THIS IS AWESOME! AND IT WORKS!
    So that's one way of doing this.
    I'll post this just in case somebody else had a similar problem.

    Cheers!

    Thanks for the suggestion Salem, I didn't get the intent of the Microsoft Doc links (and the fact that I still don't know how to use the windows.h header file). But I will definitely look up ncurses when I'm free.
    Last edited by Nwb; 09-22-2018 at 09:48 AM.

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