Re: irregular (non-consecutive) iteration (for loop)

Mirco Wahab <>
Thu, 10 Jul 2008 14:37:53 +0200
Nobody wrote:

suppose I want to iterate for a specific variable e.g. i , but for non
regular (or consecutive) values. For example i=0,1,2,4,5,7,8 etc
how can I do that with a for loop?
MY solution which is not that elegant involves if statements (or switch
statements) in the body of the loop: e.g.
is there a more elegant/compact/precise way of doing the above?

You could overload all necessary operators of a "Range" class
that has an underlying vector (or sth. else). If so, you might

  int main()
  int irregular[] = {1,2,2,2,5};
  Range i(irregular, 5); // <== that's our class

  for(i=0; i<5; i++) // looks ok ...
     cout << i << endl;

  return 0;

This would indeed show the sequence given in the
int array 'irregular'.

How would such a range class look like? Simple, just
inherit from a std::vector and add the overloads:

class Range : public vector<int>{
    int pos;
public: Range(int a[], int n) : vector<int>(a, a+n), pos(0) {}
    int operator ++ (int) { return operator[](pos++); }
    int operator = (int v) { return pos = v; }
    int operator < (int b) { return pos < b; }
    int operator () () const { return operator[](pos); }
        operator int() const { return operator[](pos); }

Of course, to get that working you'll
need the headers:

   #include <vector>
   #include <iostream>

and you would add here:

   using namespace std;

before the class definition.



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