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A paragraph from Bjarne stroustrup's Book

How to understand the following paragraph from Bjarne stroustrup's The C++ Programming Language?
In principle, a variable defined outside any function (that is, global, namespace, and class static variables) is initialized before main() is invoked. Such nonlocal variables in a translation unit are
initialized in their declaration order (§10.4.9). If such a variable has no explicit initializer, it is by default initialized to the default for its type (§10.4.2). The default initializer value for builtin types and enumerations is 0 . For example:

Does it mean:
class Example
static int DataMember;
DataMember automatically intialized to 0.
This seems to be wrong.
Feb 15 '08 #1
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Youe have just declared a static member variable but you haven't defined it.

When you define it, the default initialization will be 0.

You might read this: http://www.thescripts.com/forum/thread737451.html.
Feb 15 '08 #2

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