Thread: need help with a guessing game program

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    Question need help with a guessing game program

    //The following program I wrote is a guessing game
    //program. The program chooses a random number, which the user should
    //attempt to guess. Hints are given to the player instructing him/her
    //that the guess is too high or too low. The program ends if either
    //the correct number is guessed, or the user does not guess the number
    //within 10 tries. If the user guesses the correct number, the
    //program proceeds to reports
    //a. the number of tries it took to guess the number.
    //b. The incorrect guesses made by the user.

    //Using structures I declared a data-type called struct PlayingPerson.
    //This structure should keep track of a player's name and score.
    //The score is defined to be the number of guesses the user needed to guess the correct answer.
    //The struct PlayingPerson should be given an alternate name Player,
    // using the typedef statement.
    //A file called HighScores.dat should contain the name and
    //score of the player with the lowest score.
    //(Note: the lower the score, the better the player).
    //The first thing your game should do is open this file and
    //read in the name and score contained within it. Also, the
    //current player's name should be read in from the keyboard.
    //After the game is ended, the score of the current player
    //is compared with that read in from the file.
    // If the score of the current game is less than that read
    //in from the HighScored.dat file, the current name and score
    //are recorded in the HighScores.dat file, thereby replacing
    //the old data in it. If this is the first time the program is run,
    //the file HighScores.dat does not exists yet.
    //If then your program attempts to open this file,
    //it will fail. In this case the file should be created at
    //the end of your program, and the current score and name recorded
    //in it.

    #include <iostream.h>
    #include <iomanip.h>
    #include <stdlib.h>
    #include <time.h>

    struct playingperson
    char playersname[50];
    int score;


    typedef struct playingperson player;

    void populate (player &populateplayingperson);
    void print (player printplayingperson);

    int main ()
    player a;
    int guesses[10];
    int y,x;
    int zero =0;

    int mynumber=rand();


    cout<<"I've got a number from 1 to 100, can you guess it?"<<endl;



    cout<<"Your Guess: ";

    if (guesses[y] > mynumber)
    if (zero == 10)
    cout<<"Guess Lower."<<endl<<endl<<"Guess again"<< endl;

    else if (guesses[y] < mynumber)
    if (zero == 10)
    cout<<"Guess Higher."<<endl<<endl<<"Guess again" << endl;

    cout << "Congratulation YOU GOT IT!!" << endl;

    cout<<"Guess "<<x+1<<" was: "<<guesses[x]<<endl;

    cout<<"The correct answer is: "<<mynumber<<endl;
    cout << "You guessed " << zero << " times." << endl;
    return 0;
    void populate(player &populateplayingperson)
    cout<<"Players Name: "<<endl;

    cout<<"Players number of guesses: "<<endl;
    void print (player printplayingperson)
    cout<<"Players Name: "<<player.playersname<<endl;
    cout<<"Players number of guesses: "<<player.score<<endl;

    I can not seem to get this to work correctly. Could someone steer me in the right direction. Any help would be appreciated.


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    I think 'zero' is possibly one of the worst identifiers ever. Seeing code like
    if(zero == 10)
    makes my head spin. You wouldn't need that short story at the top of your program if you wrote self-documenting code. One way to do this is to use descriptive identifiers so that someone else reading your code will instantly recognize what a variable is and what you're trying to do.

    edit: And please use code tags.

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    I did this once for a class I took. You might try putting it all in a while loop, such as: while (guesses[y] != mynumber)
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    as salem said, use the correct parameters in both of your function....whatever u have in the function declaration will be the name of the variable for that function

    void print (player printplayingperson)
    cout<<"Players Name: "<<printplayingperson.playersname<<endl;
    cout<<"Players number of guesses: "<<printplayingperson.score<<endl;

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