Introduction to Arrays

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An array is a sequence of contiguous memory cells, all of the same size. Each cell is called an array element, or entry.

When an array is declared, the size of the array must be made known. This can be done by explicitly or by initialization:

int a[10]; // explicitly creates uninitialized cells a[0],
 // a[1],..., a[9]
int b[] = {1, 3, 5, 7}; // implicitly creates and initializes
 // b[0],..., b[3]

The array name is an alias for a const typed pointer to the first cell of the array. A pointer declaration such as

int* ptr;

only creates the pointer variable. There is no automatic default initialization of pointer variables. It is an error to attempt to dereference an uninitialized pointer.

Array indices are relative offsets from the base address:

a[k] is equivalent to *(a + k)

The following bit of code demonstrates an interesting aspect of array indices.

int main(){
 int a[] = {10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15};
 int* b = a + 1;
 cout << "a[3] = " << a[3] << endl
 << "b[3] = " << b[3] << endl;

Its output looks like this.

a[3] = 13
b[3] = 14

Notice that b was not declared as an array, but we can use the [] operator anyway.

There is a special syntax for defining a dynamic array consisting of a given number of elements of some type.

uint n;
ArrayType* pt;
pt = new ArrayType[n];

This version of new allocates n contiguous blocks of memory, each of size sizeof(ArrayType) and returns a pointer to the first block. Each element of the newly allocated array is given default initialization. To properly deallocate this array, it is necessary to use the syntax:

delete[] pt;

Using delete without the empty brackets to delete a dynamic array produces undefined results.

Pointer Arithmetic

Part I: Introduction to C++ and Qt 4

C++ Introduction


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Part II: Higher-Level Programming


Introduction to Design Patterns


Generics and Containers

Qt GUI Widgets


Validation and Regular Expressions

Parsing XML

Meta Objects, Properties, and Reflective Programming

More Design Patterns

Models and Views

Qt SQL Classes

Part III: C++ Language Reference

Types and Expressions

Scope and Storage Class

Statements and Control Structures

Memory Access

Chapter Summary

Inheritance in Detail

Miscellaneous Topics

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An Introduction to Design Patterns in C++ with Qt 4
An Introduction to Design Patterns in C++ with Qt 4
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