Posts Tagged ‘C/C++’

An overview of Computer Programming !!

August 15, 2010

ABC to Convert Integers to Strings in C++

June 23, 2009

I was solving a problem in TopCoder. It required a conversion of  integer to a string. This is simple in Java but a little complicated in C++. So, I am jotting down here some of the link that helped me. I will also try to make a mention of the problem associated with them.

The first one – itoa. Well, itoa considered unsafe to use this in C++. You may get an error like ” itoa was not declared in the scope “. I got stuck with the same error. It was then I started searching for solutions. The link following is about itoa. Note that, itoa doesn’t work in TopCoder.

The next link use boost and a string stream. Again, the header file “boost/lexical_cast.hpp” is not detected by TopCoder.

So, I feel, more or less the best way is to have you own customized code.

string convertInt(int number)
    if (number == 0)
        return "0";
    string temp="";
    string returnvalue="";
    while (number>0)
    for (int i=0;i<temp.length();i++)
    return returnvalue;

The following link has more information about it.

If you have any doubt, post in them as comments.

In Java, you can go about with some code like the following. Note, ‘s’ is a String and ‘a’,’ b’ and ‘c’ are Integers.

s = a + ” ” + b + ” ” + c;

Though something like above is possible in C++, it requires ‘a’,’ b’ and ‘c’ to be Strings.

Happy coding ! 🙂


How to use scanf to read Strings with Spaces ?

June 10, 2009

I knew this for two years now, but it dint strike me before to put it up in the blog; don’t know why ?

Its easy and simple, I don’t think I need to explain. Only the syntax needs to be remembered.

scanf(” %[^\n]s”,a);

May be you get a question in your mind. What does ‘[^\n]’ do ? Does it set the delimiter to ‘\n’. Well, you on the right track. Yes, it does. Instead on ‘\n’, if you had put a ‘\t’ it would consider all words with spaces as string until you press a ‘Tab’. You can even have a  ‘  ‘(a space). The scanf can be expanded as

scanf(” %[^ ]s”,a);  // Note – There is a space after ^

The only differece between scanf(” %s”,a) and scanf(” %[^ ]s”,a) is that, when you enter a string with two words, the former considers each word as a new string whereas the latter consider only the first word as a string and the other word is ignored.

As a Example, consider the string “Hello World“, the former reads “Hello” and “World” as two strings (if you had called ‘scanf’ twice) and the latter reads only the first word “Hello” (even if you had called ‘scanf’ twice) ! Go ahead and experiment with other delimiters !! 😀

How to set precision in C++

June 1, 2009

In C++, you can use the ‘precision’ function to set the precision of the output. The function ‘precision’ is present in the header file ‘iostream.h’. The following,


will have totally print ‘n’ d igits in the output with the decimal point in between(say ‘x’ before the decimal and ‘n-x’ after the decimal. The value of x will depend on the result). For example, if n = 4, the result is

0.2727 for 3/11, and
1.272 for 14/11

The example illustrated below provide a clear guidance on how to use the precision function. The Problem is to find the sum of ‘n’ numbers and then print the output in a single line.


using namespace std;

int main()
double a,s=0;
while( cin >> a )
s += a;
return 0;

How to create header files in C/C++ ?

February 25, 2009

First of all, does creating a header file useful at all ? If yes how ?

It obviously is or else we wouldn’t have had soemthing called a ‘header files’.

Next, can we create our own header files ?

Yes, you can. It is pretty simple and its going to make your program simple and customizable.

Let us start with creating a header file in the traditional TurboC. Define the contents of the header file (meaning the functions you would like to include in the file) and then save it as a ‘.h’ file in the ‘include’ directory.

The path could be C:/TC/INCLUDE if you have installed Turbo C directly in ‘drive C’.

Your are done !! 🙂 Include the header file in the program by just including the file like any other file.

#include “headerfilename.h” or #include<headerfilename.h>

Creating one in GCC is a bit more difficult. Define the file in the same way as stated above and save it in a ‘directory where you are going to save the program’ (NOTE: This is important. Both the header file and the program must be in the same directory, if not the program will not be able to detect your header file ). Header File successfully created ! 🙂 But, unlike Turbo C the header file cannot be included by


The only way to include the header file is to treat the filename in the same way u treat a string.

#include “headerfilename.h”

Now that you have created your header files, you can create the function like sort, factorial etc. and store them in the header file. When you intend to use them, include the header file in the program and just call the function you stored in the header file.

Hasn’t it made life simple ? 😀

What do you mean by a translation unit in C ?

February 20, 2009

A Translation Unit is a set of source files seen by the complier and translated as a unit – generally one ‘.c’ file, plus all the header files mentioned in #include directives.

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