Thread: Help with Strings

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    Master of Puppets rwmarsh's Avatar
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    Help with Strings

    I am trying to create a program using formatted output to the screen, two columns 15 characters wide, with the output being strings. If the string is longer than 15 characters I want to truncate it to fit in the column. So far this is what I have:

    #include <iostream>
    #include <iomanip>
    #include <string>
    using namespace std;
    int main()
        string mystring1="This is a string";
        string mystring2="This is another string";
        string tempstring="";
        cout<<setw(17)<<"String 1"<<"String2\n";
        cout<<tempstring.assign(mystring1, 0, 15)<<"  ";
        cout<<tempstring.assign(mystring2, 0, 15)<<"\n";
        return 0;
    This works, but I was wondering if there was a way to do it without the use of tempstring. Maybe a string member function?

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    C++ Witch laserlight's Avatar
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    What if you use:
    cout << mystring1.substr(0, 15) << "  ";
    cout << mystring2.substr(0, 15) << "\n";
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    Master of Puppets rwmarsh's Avatar
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    OK, That works great. Thanks!

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