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CString to char array convertion (vice versa)

All:

I am trying to convert a CString value to an unsigned char array.
I found some code online that will allow me to compile, but when I try
to print out...i get a whole mess.

/*Begin Code*/
CString day("01");
unsigned char testDay[2];

//Code snippet found online
strncpy((char *) testDay, (LPCTSTR) day, sizeof(testDay) );

printf(day);

/*End Code*/

Up there i am trying to "cast" the Cstring into an unsigned char[2].
Any suggestions? What if it were the other way around...how would you
go about doing that?

Jul 22 '05 #1
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"Tim Wong" <ti************ @gmail.com> wrote in message
news:11******** **************@ f14g2000cwb.goo glegroups.com.. .
All:

I am trying to convert a CString value to an unsigned char array.
I found some code online that will allow me to compile, but when I try
to print out...i get a whole mess.

/*Begin Code*/
CString day("01");
unsigned char testDay[2];

//Code snippet found online
strncpy((char *) testDay, (LPCTSTR) day, sizeof(testDay) );

printf(day);

/*End Code*/

Up there i am trying to "cast" the Cstring into an unsigned char[2].
Any suggestions? What if it were the other way around...how would you
go about doing that?


You'd be better off asking in a VC++ or Windows newsgroup, I think.

But I can see at least one problem right away. You're casting the CString
(an object) as a pointer (LPCTSTR, which, if I recall, is a "long pointer to
constant T-string"). That is simply not a valid cast. There should be a
member function or variable inside CString that allows you to access its
internal string data. Read your doc's or your on-line manual, or ask in a
newsgroup that knows about CString.

-Howard

Jul 22 '05 #2

"Tim Wong" <ti************ @gmail.com> wrote in message
news:11******** **************@ f14g2000cwb.goo glegroups.com.. .
All:

I am trying to convert a CString value to an unsigned char array.
I found some code online that will allow me to compile, but when I try
to print out...i get a whole mess.

/*Begin Code*/
CString day("01");
unsigned char testDay[2];

//Code snippet found online
strncpy((char *) testDay, (LPCTSTR) day, sizeof(testDay) );

printf(day);

/*End Code*/

Up there i am trying to "cast" the Cstring into an unsigned char[2].
Any suggestions? What if it were the other way around...how would you
go about doing that?


Ask about all that MFC and Windows stuff in an appropriate
newsgroup:

#include <iostream>
#include <string>

int main()
{
std::string day("01");
std::cout << day << '\n';
return 0;
}

Look, Ma, no arrays, no C library functions, no MFC
(nor is any of that needed).

-Mike
Jul 22 '05 #3
Howard wrote:
"Tim Wong" <ti************ @gmail.com> wrote in message
news:11******** **************@ f14g2000cwb.goo glegroups.com.. .
All:

I am trying to convert a CString value to an unsigned char array.
Why do you need an unsigned char array?
I found some code online that will allow me to compile, but when I
try to print out...i get a whole mess.

/*Begin Code*/
CString day("01");
unsigned char testDay[2];

You didn't leave room for the trailing '/0'.

//Code snippet found online
strncpy((char *) testDay, (LPCTSTR) day, sizeof(testDay) );

I don't use strncpy, is testDay the destination? Also if this is a unicode
build you

printf(day);
Did you mean testDay?

/*End Code*/

Up there i am trying to "cast" the Cstring into an unsigned char[2].
Any suggestions? What if it were the other way around...how would
you go about doing that?


You'd be better off asking in a VC++ or Windows newsgroup, I think.

But I can see at least one problem right away. You're casting the
CString (an object) as a pointer (LPCTSTR, which, if I recall, is a
"long pointer to constant T-string"). That is simply not a valid
cast. There should be a member function or variable inside CString
that allows you to access its internal string data.


In this case CString::operat or (LPCTSTR)()cons t; is that member function.

Jeff
Jul 22 '05 #4

"Jeff Flinn" <NO****@nowhere .com> wrote in message
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Howard wrote:
"Tim Wong" <ti************ @gmail.com> wrote in message
news:11******** **************@ f14g2000cwb.goo glegroups.com.. .
All:
//Code snippet found online
strncpy((char *) testDay, (LPCTSTR) day, sizeof(testDay) );
But I can see at least one problem right away. You're casting the
CString (an object) as a pointer (LPCTSTR, which, if I recall, is a
"long pointer to constant T-string"). That is simply not a valid
cast. There should be a member function or variable inside CString
that allows you to access its internal string data.

In this case CString::operat or (LPCTSTR)()cons t; is that member function.

Jeff


Cool. I didn't know that. (Which is another good reason VC++-specifc
questions belong in a newsgroup where they KNOW such VC++ things!)

But... since that's the case, why the cast? A conversion operator returns a
value of the type specified, so no cast is needed. You should be able to
just use the CString variable wherever an LPCTSTR is called for (as is
confirmed by a perusal of the online help).

-Howard
Jul 22 '05 #5
My apologies for posting this in the incorrect group (still new to this
newsgroup posting).

It turns out the code I initially wrote is correct.

The casting actually takes the string and puts it into "testDay"
without the null terminator. Because of this, it looks funny when it
prints out. I knew that there was no null terminator, but did not
realize it would print out in a wierd way.

Sorry for the hastle. Thanks for the replys

Howard wrote:
"Jeff Flinn" <NO****@nowhere .com> wrote in message
news:cs******** **@bluegill.adi .com...
Howard wrote:
"Tim Wong" <ti************ @gmail.com> wrote in message
news:11******** **************@ f14g2000cwb.goo glegroups.com.. .
All:
//Code snippet found online
strncpy((char *) testDay, (LPCTSTR) day, sizeof(testDay) );
But I can see at least one problem right away. You're casting the
CString (an object) as a pointer (LPCTSTR, which, if I recall, is a "long pointer to constant T-string"). That is simply not a valid
cast. There should be a member function or variable inside CString that allows you to access its internal string data.

In this case CString::operat or (LPCTSTR)()cons t; is that member

function.
Jeff


Cool. I didn't know that. (Which is another good reason

VC++-specifc questions belong in a newsgroup where they KNOW such VC++ things!)

But... since that's the case, why the cast? A conversion operator returns a value of the type specified, so no cast is needed. You should be able to just use the CString variable wherever an LPCTSTR is called for (as is confirmed by a perusal of the online help).

-Howard


Jul 22 '05 #6

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