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calling constructor when allocating an array

Hello, a very simple question:
Ok I have a class MyClass with a constructor MyClass(int) (no constructor
without argument defined)

how can I make an array of pointers to objects of that class, calling the
constructor with the index number as argument?

int N = 22;
pointerArray = new MyClass*[N];
for (int i=0; i< N; i++)

is this correct? does the second line call some default constructor for
MyClass? Any better idea how to do that?

Thanks Phil
Jul 19 '05 #1
21 17871
Sorry my code was wrong... Is this correct?


int N = 22;
pointerArray* MyClass;
pointerArray = new MyClass[N];
for (int i=0; i< N; i++)


Jul 19 '05 #2
Philipp wrote:
Sorry my code was wrong... Is this correct?


int N = 22;
pointerArray* MyClass;
This is not a pointer array. It is a pointer to an array.
pointerArray = new MyClass[N];
new creates an array of N pieces of objects of MyClass type.
for (int i=0; i< N; i++)

This is not good. The MyClass types are already constructed. And you
cannot call constructors, they have no name. What do you want to do?

Attila aka WW
Jul 19 '05 #3
Philipp wrote:
int N = 22;
pointerArray* MyClass;
You mean 'MyClass * pointerArray;'. Why not post the real code?
pointerArray = new MyClass[N];
This calls the default constructor for MyClass N times.
for (int i=0; i< N; i++)

Should be
for (int i = 0; i < N; ++ i) pointerArray [i] = MyClass (i);
for (int i = 0; i < N; ++ i)
pointerArray [i].~MyClass ();
new (& pointerArray [i]) MyClass (i);

If you allocate raw memory instead of objects:
pointerArray = reinterpret_cas t <MyClass *>
(new char [N * sizeof (MyClass)]);

then you don't need the destructor call before the
placement new inside the for loop. However, in that
case you would need:

for (int i = 0; i < N; ++ i) pointerArray [i].~MyClass ();
delete [] reinterpret_cas t <char *> (pointerArray);

instead of just 'delete [] pointerArray;'.

Basically, the point is that you can't call a constructor on an
object (because by the time it is an object, it has already been

I hope this helps, and that I haven't made too many mistakes of my own.

Jul 19 '05 #4
Attila Feher wrote:
int N = 22;
pointerArra y* MyClass;

This is not a pointer array. It is a pointer to an array.

No, it's a syntax error. A pointer to an object would look like this:
MyClass * pointerArray;

A pointer to an array would look like this:
MyClass (* pointerArray) [NN];
// NN is a (compile-time) integral constant


Jul 19 '05 #5

"Philipp" <_N************ ******@hotmail. com> wrote in message
news:3f******** @epflnews.epfl. ch...
Sorry my code was wrong... Is this correct?


int N = 22;
pointerArray* MyClass;
pointerArray = new MyClass[N];
for (int i=0; i< N; i++)


No. It would be much easier if you had a default constructor. Then you
could just declare an array of objects instead of pointers. But to create
an array of pointers, you first need to declare the array, then create
instances of the objects for each array item to point to. You can't just
call a constructor like a function...you have to "new" each pointer, like

int N = 22;
pointerArray* MyClass[N]; // no need to "new" this!
for (int i = 0; i < N; ++i)
pointerArray[i] = new MyClass(i); // create each instance!

....and, later, to delete...

for (int i = (N-1); i >= 0; --i)
delete pointerArray[i]; // delete each instance

(BTW, you could count upwards in the delete loop, I just got in the practice
long ago of deleting in the opposite order I allocated in, because on some
systems it prevented memory fragmentation.. .but that's just me.)


Jul 19 '05 #6

"Philipp" <_N************ ******@hotmail. com> wrote in message news:3f******** @epflnews.epfl. ch...
int N = 22;
pointerArray* MyClass;
pointerArray = new MyClass[N];
for (int i=0; i< N; i++)

You can NOT call constructors at all. They are called for you as part
of normal object creation. You can't create an array with other that
default initialization. A vector, which is probably better suited for what
you want to do anyhow, can be initialized with a non-default object, but
it is the same for all elements.

Besides, you're not initializing the array in the C++ sense. Initialization
via the default constructor occurs when the new is invoked. But you
can do what you are trying to do if you just put allt he stuff that would have
been in your MyClass(int) constructor in a regular member function.

Your class would look like:
class MyClass {
MyClass(); // default constructor required
MyClass(int i) { Init(i); }

void Init(int i);

vector<MyClass> pointerArray(N) ;
for(int i = 0; i < N; ++i) pointerArray[i].Init(i);

Now you don't even have to worry about deleting the array.
Jul 19 '05 #7

"Howard" <al*****@hotmai l.com> wrote in message
news:bk******** @dispatch.conce ntric.net...

pointerArray* MyClass[N]; // no need to "new" this!

DOH! Now he's goe ME doing it! :-) That should be (of course)

MyClass* pointerArray[22];

Jul 19 '05 #8
On Wed, 17 Sep 2003 16:02:05 +0200
"Philipp" <_N************ ******@hotmail. com> wrote:
Sorry my code was wrong... Is this correct?


int N = 22;
pointerArray* MyClass;
pointerArray = new MyClass[N];
for (int i=0; i< N; i++)


i think you're trying to do something like this:

int N = 22;
// the ** makes the array of pointer not array of objects
MyClass **pointerArray;

// crerate all the Pointer
pointerArray = new (MyClass*)[N];

// create all the objects
for (int i=0; i< N; i++)
pointerArray[i] = new MyClass(i);
Jul 19 '05 #9
OK that helped a lot. Thank you (I'm still a bit confused about arrays and
pointers... hmmm, newbie perhaps? :-)
Jul 19 '05 #10

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