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im trying to declare a two dimensional array using pointers. but it is not
working, any ideas?
Jul 23 '05 #1
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* Someonekicked:
im trying to declare a two dimensional array using pointers. but it is not
working, any ideas?


Use std::vector.

For concrete examples, see chapter 1.7 of
<url: http://home.no.net/dubjai/win32cpptut/html/w32cpptut_01.ht ml>.

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Jul 23 '05 #2
"Someonekic ked" writes:
im trying to declare a two dimensional array using pointers. but it is not
working, any ideas?


Like this:

#include <iostream>
using namespace std;

//------------------
void test2(int b[][5])
{
cout << b[2][3] << endl;
}
//=============== =====
int main()
{
int(*a)[5] = new int[3][5];
a[2][3] = 2048;
test2(a);
cin.get();
}
Jul 23 '05 #3
Val

"Someonekic ked" <so***********@ comcast.net> wrote in message news:Vs******** ************@co mcast.com...
| im trying to declare a two dimensional array using pointers. but it is not
| working, any ideas?
|

Programming is communicating in the first place.
1) Does the matrix know the rows and columns at compile time or run time only?
2) Why isn't working? Where is the code?
3) How did you express the Matrix? As a single array of row*col size, or as an array holding arrays?

See the C++ faq lite (google it) for your first hints.
Jul 23 '05 #4

Someonekicked wrote:
im trying to declare a two dimensional array using pointers. but it is not working, any ideas?


There are many ways to create a two dimensional array in C++.

You can use a vector of vectors
std::vector<std ::vector<int> > My2dOfInt;

You can also use a custom class, or you can use a pointers of pointers.

Check out the following link for examples, and for different methods.
http://www.tek-tips.com/faqs.cfm?fid=5575

Jul 23 '05 #5
I would say, the simplest way would be

int **p ;
p = new int *[ROWS] ;
for( int i = 0 ; i < ROWS ; i++ )
p[i] = new int[COLUMNS];

But everyone seems to suggest vectors...

Jul 23 '05 #6

Angad wrote:
I would say, the simplest way would be

int **p ;
p = new int *[ROWS] ;
for( int i = 0 ; i < ROWS ; i++ )
p[i] = new int[COLUMNS];

But everyone seems to suggest vectors...

You're missing the code to free the above allocated data.
Using **p (pointer of pointers) you need code for allocating the data,
code for keeping track of the sizes of the rows and columns and code to
deallocated the data.

So using **p is not the simplest approach.
It's far easier to use a vector that wraps all the logic behind a safe
container.
Your above code can be done in one line of code by using vectors.
vector<vector<i nt> > My2DArr(ROWS, std::vector<int >(COLUMNS));

IMHO, this one line of code is far simpler then the pointer of pointer
code, and the required tracking code, plus the required deallocation
code needed for the pointer of pointer method.

Jul 23 '05 #7
Val
| Your above code can be done in one line of code by using vectors.
| vector<vector<i nt> > My2DArr(ROWS, std::vector<int >(COLUMNS));

std::valarray for numbers.

Or single array acting as a Matrix:
int* Matrix = new int[ROWS*COLS];

But I think it's a nice excercise to do it the ** way :)
Jul 23 '05 #8
Someonekicked wrote:
I'm trying to declare a two dimensional array using pointers.


Take a look at the FAQ

http://www.parashift.com/c++-faq-lite/

[16.16] How do I allocate multidimensiona l arrays using new?
Jul 23 '05 #9
Yes, I agree that vectors simplify the matter a lot by reducing our
coding, but I must say that they add to a lot of unnecessary code to
the executable code. Compile time increases manyfold (I'm talking from
a personal experience). I'd say, use vectors only when basic data types
cannot be used....

As for the freeing of the memory, the code is:

for( int i = 0 ; i < ROWS ; i++ )
delete [] p[i] ;
delete [] p ;

This code will definitely be faster than using vectors... (please
comment if I'm wrong)

Jul 23 '05 #10

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