From:

"Axter" <google@axter.com>

Newsgroups:

comp.lang.c++

Date:

3 Jun 2006 22:39:41 -0700

Message-ID:

<1149399581.244857.161760@c74g2000cwc.googlegroups.com>

Hello,

I've created a class to store 2 dimensional matrices, and I've been

trying to overload the [] operator, so access to the elements of the

matrix is easy. I have 3 private variables, _m, _row and _col which are

respectively the array to store the data in, the number of rows and the

number of columns. _m is of type T, and is size _row * _col * sizeof

(T).

I've managed to overload the subscript operator like this:

T & operator [] (int n)

{

return (_m[n * _col]);

}

but I don't understand why you can't do:

T * operator [] (int n)

{

return (&_m[n * _col]);

}

instead. The first one works fine, but with the second one when I try

something like m[0][0] = 100.0, m[0][0] comes up as being an invalid

lvalue.

Could someone help me out here?

I've created a class to store 2 dimensional matrices, and I've been

trying to overload the [] operator, so access to the elements of the

matrix is easy. I have 3 private variables, _m, _row and _col which are

respectively the array to store the data in, the number of rows and the

number of columns. _m is of type T, and is size _row * _col * sizeof

(T).

I've managed to overload the subscript operator like this:

T & operator [] (int n)

{

return (_m[n * _col]);

}

but I don't understand why you can't do:

T * operator [] (int n)

{

return (&_m[n * _col]);

}

instead. The first one works fine, but with the second one when I try

something like m[0][0] = 100.0, m[0][0] comes up as being an invalid

lvalue.

Could someone help me out here?

It should be something like the following:

T* operator[](int n) {return m_ + (col_*n);}

Check out the following link for an example:

http://code.axter.com/dynamic_2d_array.h

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