# Re: random access iterator

From:
"Alexander Nickolov" <agnickolov@mvps.org>
Newsgroups:
microsoft.public.vc.language
Date:
Mon, 3 Mar 2008 14:39:15 -0800
Message-ID:
<ea8jl8XfIHA.4476@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl>
Well, it can be useful for example when writing bubble-sort
by hand (not that I'd actually advocate doing that...):

bool bSwap = false;
while (did_swap) {
bSwap = false;
for (range_type::iterator it = range.begin(); it != range.end() && it+1
!= range.end(); ++it) {
if (*it > it[1]) {
std::swap(*it, it[1]);
bSwap = true;
}
}
}

The important point is about accessing elements relative to the current
position of the iterator, not the bubble-sort algorithm of course... :)

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"George" <George@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:83684567-C1D3-4D9C-BB7F-2AB905DBC802@microsoft.com...

For random access iterator, operator[] is supported. Mentioned in
Bjarne's
book, Chapter 19 (Iterators and Allocators).

I have not used operator[] on random access iterator before and I have
not
found a good and simple sample either. :-)

That is because it is not very intuitive to use as compared to using the
operator[] overloaded for the container itself. Also, as far as VC++ 2005
is concerned, it causes two dereferences. You can use the iterator's
operator[] as below:

#include<vector>
using std::vector;
int main()
{
vector<int> vec(10);
vector<int>::iterator it = vec.begin();
int fifth_element = it[4]; //equivalent to advance it by 4 and
dererefence the resulting iterator
int fifth_element = vec[4]; //preferred and more intuitive
}

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