Arrays and Strings in C++
An array in C or C++ is a collection of items stored at contiguous memory locations and elements can be accessed randomly using indices of an array. They are used to store similar types of elements as in the data type must be the same for all elements. They can be used to store the collection of primitive data types such as int, float, double, char, etc of any particular type. To add to it, an array in C or C++ can store derived data types such as the structures, pointers, etc.
There are two types of arrays:
- One Dimensional Array
- Multi Dimensional Array
One Dimensional Array: A one dimensional array is a collection of same data types. 1-D array is declared as:
data_type variable_name[size] data_type is the type of array, like int, float, char, etc. variable_name is the name of the array. size is the length of the array which is fixed.
Note: The location of the array elements depends upon the data type we use.
Below is the program to illustrate the traversal of the array:
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MultiDimensional Array: A multidimensional array is also known as array of arrays. Generally, we use a two-dimensional array. It is also known as the matrix. We use two indices to traverse the rows and columns of the 2D array. It is declared as:
data_type variable_name[N][M] data_type is the type of array, like int, float, char, etc. variable_name is the name of the array. N is the number of rows. M is the number of columns.
Below is the program to illustrate the traversal of the 2D array:
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C++ string class internally uses character array to store character but all memory management, allocation, and null termination are handled by string class itself that is why it is easy to use. For example it is declared as:
char str = "GeeksforGeeks"
Below is the program to illustrate the traversal in the string:
G e e k f o r G e e k s
The string data_type in C++ provides various functionality of string manipulation. They are:
- strcpy(): It is used to copy characters from one string to another string.
- strcat(): It is used to add the two given strings.
- strlen(): It is used to find the length of the given string.
- strcmp(): It is used to compare the two given string.
Below is the program to illustrate the above functions:
Length of string GeekforGeeks is 12 String GeekforGeeks and String HelloGeek are not equal. String str1 before: GeekforGeeks String str1 after: HelloGeek
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