Re: Print map values with class as map member

"kanze" <>
28 Aug 2006 09:00:40 -0400
Carl Barron wrote:

In article <>,
<> wrote:

I am new at C++ and have been trying to understand maps by
developing a small program but I cannot determine how to
print out the values stored in the maps. Once I understand
how maps work, I'll move on to hashing tables, just so that
I get the understanding of their operation.

I'm having an issue and I think what I am attempting to
perform is not capable. I am attempting to create a class
and then use that same class as member of a map. The
standard doesn't seem to not allow what I'm attempting to
perform but it doesn't work somehow:
class M {
     M() {};
     M(int, vector<int>) {int i = 0; vector <int> table2;};
     ~M() {};
     int i;
     vector<int> mv;

ostream& operator<<(ostream &output, const int &x, const map<int, M>
&y) {
     output << x << endl << y;
     return output;

  This has an invalid signature operator << takes two args not three.

Even if it didn't, there is no << for a map (his third

you can accomplish this with explicitly << x and << y if you write a
proper operator << (std::ostream &,std::map<...> const &) except map
and ostream are in namespace std and your operator << is not so it
won't be found.

Except that he will be using std::map<int,M>, so functions
and/or operators in the same namespace as M should be found.
After that, it's a question of overload resolution. Something
like the following should work:

    operator<<( std::ostream& dest, std::map< int, M > const& obj )
        for ( std::map< int, M >::const_iterator iter = obj.begin() ;
                iter != obj.end() ;
                ++ iter ) {
            dest << iter->first << ':' << iter->second << '\n' ;
        return dest ;

Of course, that's only true if one of the arguments to the
std::map template is a user defined type. The above won't work
for std::map< int, std::string >, nor for std::map< int,
std::vector< int > >.

/* This will not work, a failed attempt.
ostream& operator<<(ostream &output, const &vector<int> mv ) {
     output << x;
     return output;

   std::ostream & operator << (std::ostream &os, const std::vector<int
      return os;

Except that ADL will NOT find this operator<<. He'd need to put
it in namespace std, which is illegal.

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