When Even The Posted Solution Isn't Working

1. Jun 8, 2010

Heisenberg.

So I have been teaching myself some c++, and as I tried to do an example my guide book showed me: that is where things went awry. The book I have been using is Programming:Principles and Practice Using C++ By Bjarne Stroustrup. I used the solution for the example where I got stuck on a certain part - I did not understand exactly what the book was doing at that part, but threw it in anyway. Even with the solution as a guide, my code still seems to produce errors. Here is the code:

//Write a program that prompts the user to enter two integer values.
//Store these values in int variables named val1 and val2. Write your program to determine the smallest,
//largest, sum, difference, product, and ratio of these values and report them to the user.

#include <iostream>
#include <conio.h>

using namespace std;

int main ()

{
int val1=0;
int val2=0;
cout <<"Please enter two integer values seperated by a space: ";
cin >> val1 >> val2;

cout << "values : "<< val1 << "," << val2 << "\n";

if (val1 < val2) << val1 << "is smallest. \n";
if (val2 < val1) << val2 << "is smallest. \n";
if (val1==val2) cout << val1 << "and" << val2 << "is equal.\n";

cout << "sum" << val1+val2 << "\n";
cout << "product : " << val1*val2 << "\n";
if (val2==0)
cout << "good try! but I don't divide by zero!\n";
else
cout << "ratio (val1/val2): " << val1/val2 << "\n";

if (val1<0) cout << val1 << "is negative\n";
cout << "difference (val1-val2) :" << val1-val2 << "\n";
if (val2 !=0) cout << "remainder (val1%val2):" << val1%val2 << "\n";
cout << "square(val1) : " <<val1 * val1 << "\n";

}
catch (runtime_error e) {
cout << e.what () << "\n";

getch ();
return 0;
}

The first error is this if (!cin) error ( "something went bad with the read"); - this is what the solutions say, I haven't seen this before and am not sure how to go about fixing this program.

2. Jun 8, 2010

julz

Ok, I actually took your code and compiled it, and here is what I got:

Did you really copy this from the book ?
If so, maybe they made mistakes for you to find them, as an exercise ?
If not, here are the mistakes:

error doesn't seem to be defined, check in what .h it should be declared

- if (val1 < val2) << val1 << "is smallest. \n";
Something is missing here. Didn't you forget a cout ?

- if (val2 < val1) << val2 << "is smallest. \n";
Same here.

- catch (runtime_error e) {
Where is the try ? And why is the catch outside of the main function ?

All the other errors you get come from these.

Last edited: Jun 8, 2010
3. Jun 8, 2010

julz

And here is the fixed version of your code.

Code (Text):
#include <iostream>
#include <conio.h>

using namespace std;

void error(const char* str)
{
cout << str;
exit(0);
}

int main ()

{
try
{
int val1=0;
int val2=0;

cout <<"Please enter two integer values separated by a space: ";
cin >> val1 >> val2;

cout << "values : "<< val1 << "," << val2 << "\n";

if (val1 < val2) cout << val1 << "is smallest. \n";
if (val2 < val1) cout << val2 << "is smallest. \n";
if (val1==val2) cout << val1 << "and" << val2 << "is equal.\n";

cout << "sum" << val1+val2 << "\n";
cout << "product : " << val1*val2 << "\n";
if (val2==0)
cout << "good try! but I don't divide by zero!\n";
else
cout << "ratio (val1/val2): " << val1/val2 << "\n";

if (val1<0) cout << val1 << "is negative\n";
cout << "difference (val1-val2) :" << val1-val2 << "\n";
if (val2 !=0) cout << "remainder (val1%val2):" << val1%val2 << "\n";
cout << "square(val1) : " <<val1 * val1 << "\n";

}

catch (runtime_error e) {
cout << e.what () << "\n";

getch ();
return 0;
}

}
Note that I added the error function. I'm not quite sure about what your book meant as I don't remember if 'error' is part of the standard C++ library (I don't use it much ;))

4. Jun 8, 2010

Heisenberg.

Ah thank you for your help! This book is quite the nuisance - there is no explicit indication that I supposed to find any errors - for the exercise was merely create so and so of a program - after trying to compile your code these are the current errors:

ex4 cap 3.cpp: In function int main()':
ex4 cap 3.cpp:44: error: runtime_error' has not been declared
ex4 cap 3.cpp:44: error: invalid catch parameter
ex4 cap 3.cpp:45: error: `e' undeclared (first use this function)
ex4 cap 3.cpp:45: error: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once for each function it appears in.)
make.exe: *** ["ex4 cap 3.o"] Error 1
Execution terminated

I also do not know whats the deal with the error function - mind you this ex was in chapter 3 of the book, so I am surprised some higher level coding was introduced since it was not covered in the chapter. I am not sure why there is a main int error - I usually get those if I have more than one file in a same project and explicitly defined int main1 or main2 etc. but this is the only file in this project . The last three errors are things I have no idea of for I was not introduced to them yet. So I wouldn't know how fix them with out some prodding in the right direction. Any ideas?

5. Jun 9, 2010

julz

Ok hmm. It might depend on your compiler. Which one are you using ?

A quick fix would be to replace:

Code (Text):

catch (runtime_error e) {
cout << e.what () << "\n";

getch ();
return 0;
}

by

Code (Text):

catch (exception& e) {
cout << e.what () << "\n";

getch ();
return 0;
}

6. Jun 9, 2010

Heisenberg.

im using bloodshed dev version 4.9.9.2 - and the program did run successfully! thanks for that!! - but upon trying to test it: i submitted two integer values and the result window closes immediately after - I am not sure where in my code where that would enable the program to do that - or what errors or flawed syntax in code would do that as well.

7. Jun 9, 2010

julz

Ok glad to know that it worked.
If the window closes right away, don't worry you've done nothing wrong !
Actually, when you enter the two ints, the program keeps going and then comes to an end.
When it ends, the console window closes (it's the normal behavior).

You have two solutions then. Either configure the console window not to close, or do
a little workaround by adding a getch() at the end of the program. It will then pause
until you press a key before closing.

8. Jun 9, 2010

Staff: Mentor

I don't know this particular book, but as far as I remember from Stroustrup's "C++ Programming Language" examples he gives are not necessarily correct programs intended to be compiled as shown. They sometimes use some functions that are not defined, but it is clear what they should do - like, say "display_error_message()". I think this is called top-down approach - you first define the general framework, later you write code that executes tasks as assigned. Could be book you have mentioned is different.

9. Jun 9, 2010

Heisenberg.

well I agree with you, and a lot of the chapter's and example questions are formatted in that way - except this was in the exercises section and he explicitly states in the solutions:
// note that different compilers/SDEs keep header files in different places
// so that you may have to use "../std_lib_facilities.h" or "../../std_lib_facilities.h"
// the ../ notation means "look one directly/folder up from the current directory/folder"

so now I'm thinking perhaps I should get more libraries, I mean he likes to use std_lib_facilities.h in his solutions - I have been using iostream, but they have always worked before.

*also in this case there was just an example - usually he'll post a code and he would state that there would be errors or we would have enter certain functions - there was no indication for a top down approach in this section of the chapter :/