Re: pass an array throuh a function

From: Leor Zolman (
Date: 05/26/04

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    Date: Tue, 25 May 2004 21:06:08 -0400

    On Tue, 25 May 2004 19:31:44 -0400, "Kenny" <lerameur@yah00.c0m> wrote:

    >here is my program:
    >The array would record the data from the user from one function.AND another
    >that will display all the user input.
    >I want to pass by reference the array so I can take the array,s information
    >once the user is done and send it to the display function.
    >I believe the class would help me do this through encapsulation.
    >But I believe I have a small syntax error somewhere

    #1. Please don't top post. To respond to a post, include the text you're
    responding to /above/ your response, and please snip all extraneous text
    (not relevant to your current response) completely.

    #2. Please don't use non-standard headers, such as conio.h. Fortunately,
    that's easy to eliminate; just use


    #3. You've got more that a "small syntax error" going; you've got some
    serious design ambiguity. I'll point out the places things are out of
    whack. In order to make it readable, I'll use the result of loading your
    code into Epsilon, which automatically indents it sanely. I've wrapped the
    long lines manually. My comments are preceded by LZ:

    #include <iostream>
    using namespace std;

    class Setting

            void SetCylinder(int , int, int, int a[] );

    LZ: So what does a "Setting" represent? A "Cylinder"? I still have no
    LZ: idea. Are you trying to set the hours, minutes and seconds? If
    LZ: so, what would be the point of the array parameter? This is what
    LZ: I was asking about before, and I still have no clue why you even
    LZ: /want/ to pass in an array, whether by reference, value or any other
    LZ: way.

            void display();

    LZ: A "Setting" has hours, minutes and seconds. Thus I'd expect the
    LZ: display() function for "a setting" to display hours, minutes and
    LZ: seconds. In fact, your display() function is going through a loop.
    LZ: Why? What is it trying to display?

            int hours, minutes, seconds;


    int count;

    LZ: What is this 'count' for? You never use it, and there are other
    LZ: local incarnations of count. What are you counting? Why?

    int main()
        Setting a[10];
        int choice;
        int count =0;

    LZ: How about /this/ version of count? What are you counting?

        for (int i=0; i<5; i++)

    LZ: What does the '5' represent? You want to run the menu loop 5 times?
    LZ: Why? Menu loops typically just run once, until the user enters 'quit'.


            do {
                cout << endl << endl;
                cout << " Time Management System "<<endl;
                cout << "========================================== "<<endl;
                cout << " 1: Enter a time "<<endl;
                cout << " 2: Display time "<<endl;
                cout << " 3: Quit "<<endl;
                cout << "========================================== "<<endl;
                cout << " Your choice please: ";
                cin >> choice;

                switch (choice)
                    case 1:
                        a[i].SetCylinder(20,30,40, a[] );

    LZ: Is SetCylinder (I sure wish I knew what a cylinder had to do with time
    LZ: management) supposed to set the Setting or Cylinder or whatever to the
    LZ: values you give (20, 30, 40), or ask for input from the user? How can
    LZ: it do BOTH, for heavens' sake? And I still don't get the purpose of
    LZ: that array...think about it: you're invoking a member function on a
    LZ: single element of the array, a[i], but for some reason you're also
    LZ: passing in the /entire/ array (logically, because you can't really
    LZ: pass in arrays, as others have pointed out, but WHY do you even WANT
    LZ: to???)

                    case 2:

    LZ: Just when it seems something might make sense, we look at the
    LZ: implementation of display(), and instead of displaying just the
    LZ: data members of a "Setting", as one would expect, it does that loop
    LZ: thing. I don't get it.

                    case 3: cout<<"Thank you for having used this system"
                                     ", Bye Bye!!!"; break;

                    default: cout<<"Error: Invalid option, Please tryagain" ;
            } while (choice != 3);

        }// end function menu

        return 0;

    void Setting::SetCylinder(int r, int h, int s, int a[])
        int value;
        for (int i=0; i<count; i++)
            cout<<" Enter the hours: " <<endl;
            cin>> value;
            a[i].hours = value;

            cout<<" Enter minutes: " <<endl;
            cin>> value;
            a[i].minutes = value;

            cout<<" Enter seconds: " <<endl;
            cin>> value;
            a[i].seconds = value;

            count ++;


    LZ: Let me just show a version of SetCylinder that makes sense to me, to be
    LZ: consistent with your three data members:

    void Setting::SetCylinder(int r, int h, int s)
        int value;
            cout<<" Enter the hours: " <<endl;
            cin>> value;
            hours = value;

            cout<<" Enter minutes: " <<endl;
            cin>> value;
            minutes = value;

            cout<<" Enter seconds: " <<endl;
            cin>> value;
            seconds = value;

            count ++;

    LZ: Of course, there ought to be sanity checking of the values, but I've
    LZ: omitted all that for brevity, in order to focus on the core issue. You
    LZ: are setting one object here, not a set of them. At least, that's what
    LZ: I /think/ you want to be doing.

    void Setting::display()
        for (int i=0; i<count; i++)
            cout<<" Here is the array numer: " << i <<endl:
                    cout<<"Hours: " <<a[i].hours <<endl <<"Minutes: " <<
                    a[i].minutes <<endl
                    <<"Seconds: " << a[i].seconds <<endl;

    LZ: Again, this should just display a single item, becoming:

    void Setting::display()
          cout<<" Here is the next setting: " << endl;
                    cout<<"Hours: " << hours <<endl <<"Minutes: " <<
                    minutes <<endl
                    <<"Seconds: " << seconds <<endl;

    If a "Cylinder" means a "setting", and what you really want is a collection
    of settings, then what would work is a class, say Datebook, containing,
    say, a vector of Settings as a data member, along with count (unless you
    just let the vector tell you how many elements it has), and then it would
    make sense for Datebook::display() to have a loop that iterates across the
    elements of the vector, calling Setting::display() for each one:

    class Setting { ... };

    class Datebook

                    Setting a[10];
                    int count;

    I hope some of this makes sense to you...

    Leor Zolman --- BD Software ---
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