Re: filling vectors in the parameter list

benben <>
Wed, 07 Jun 2006 18:46:37 +1000
utab wrote:

Dear all,

I have a function to get some string arguments. The point is that the
number of these string arguments may vary. So

foo(std::vector<std::string> &vec);

But I want to be able to initialize this vector at run-time with
different number of arguments. for instance

foo("str1","str2") // 2 args
foo("str1","str2","str3") // 3 args
foo("str1","str2","str3","str4") // 4 args and so on

I could find the way to put these parameters into the vector. Or is
there a better way to do this kind of task.


There is a way to declare a function to take varying number of
arguments. However, the way it is done is spectacularly dangerous
because the compiler won't get the type information to protect you.

IMO it is easier to populate the vector first, then pass it to foo:

       vector<string> v(3);


If you find this too verbose you can write a vector_filler<> class
template to fill a vector via an overloaded << operator (like streams do.)

    template <typename T, typename A = std::allocator<T> >
    class vector_filler
       std::vector<T, A> v;

       const std::vector<T, A>& vec() const{return v;}
       std::vector<T,A>& vec(){return v;}

       template <typename U>
          operator<<(const U& u){v.push_back(u);}

    vector_filler<string> vf;
    vf << "str1" << "str2" << "str3";


You may also be tempted to overload operator, (operator comma)
seems it is not without its problems (google them :)


I am also under the impression that the next version of C++ standard
(aka C++ 0x) will allow us to initialize a vector just like how we
initialize an array:

    vector<string> v = {"str1", "str2", "str3"};


    foo({"str1", "str2", "str3"});

I hope it is true.


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