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What does this declarations means?

  1. Nov 26, 2006 #1
    (a) int*p[3][3]
    (b) int*(*p())[10];

    (a) points to address of data in the row 3, column 3?
    (b) can you advise me? thanks?
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  3. Nov 26, 2006 #2


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    Before I answer (a), do you know what

    int a[3]

    declares? What about

    int a[3][3]

    (b) means that some silly hacker likes to write obfuscated code, rather than use typedef's. :wink:
  4. Nov 26, 2006 #3
    int a[3] is an array. It points to info at array[3]
  5. Nov 26, 2006 #4
    It doesn't just point to information at array[3] (what do you mean by that?), it actually contains 3 integers (in the programming sense).

    Code (Text):
    T name[N]
    Are arrays with N elements of type T.
    Code (Text):
    T name[N1][N2];
    Are arrays of N1 elements of arrays of N2 elements of type T.
    In your first case we have a 3-dimensional array, where each element is another 3-dimensional array in which each element is a pointer to an integer.

    It's often called a 3x3 multi-dimensional array, one example use would be:
    Code (Text):
    int x,y,z;
    int* a[3][3];
    a[0][0] = &x; // Set the very first element of both arrays to point to x
    a[0][2] = &y; // Let the last element of the first array point to y.
    a[2][2] = &z; // Let the last element in both arrays point to z

    As for the second, either someone misunderstood the syntax of function pointers or they are trying to confuse you.
    Code (Text):
    Just like last time, this is an array, so p is an array of 10 int*(*())
    The outer set of parentheses means nothing in this code, so it's equivalent to:
    Code (Text):
    int** ();
    Which is just a function returning a pointer to a pointer to an integer. So p is an array of functions, but we don't have first-class functions in C or C++, so we end up with an unusable array.

    What was most likely meant if this is real code is:
    Code (Text):
    Which is an array of 10 functions pointers, each pointing to a function returning a pointer to an integer and taking no arguments.
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2006
  6. Nov 26, 2006 #5


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    Almost: p is function that returns an int*[10].



    doesn't quite work: gcc complains with

    `p' declared as function returning an array

    You're looking for

    Last edited: Nov 26, 2006
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