How to create a dynamic 2D array inside a class in C++ ?
Suppose we want to create a class for Graph. The class stores adjacency matrix representation of the graph. Therefore, our class structure would be something like below.
error: invalid use of non-static data member 'Graph::V'.
Even if we make V static, we get error “array bound is not an integer constant”
C++ doesn’t allow to create an stack allocated array in a class whose size is not constant. So we need to dynamically allocate memory. Below is a simple program to show how to dynamically allocate 2D array in a C++ class using a class for Graph with adjacency matrix representation.
0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
A note on call of memset():
memset() is used separately for individual rows. We can’t replace these calls with one call because rows are allocated at different addresses and making a memset call like below would be disastrous.
// Wrong!! (Rows of matrix at different addresses) memset(adj, false, V*V*sizeof(bool));
This article is contributed by Dheeraj Gupta. Please write comments if you find anything incorrect, or you want to share more information about the topic discussed above