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Overloading  istream &operator >> (istream &InStr, BookLoan &aLoan)

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I wrote the following code to overload the input operator ‘>>‘ for interactive input which at first trial works fine.
istream &operator >> (istream &InStr, BookLoan &aLoan)
{
      Strings
            aString;

      cout << endl << "Enter the first name :";
      aString.GetLine(InStr,100, '\n');
      aLoan.FirstName_ = aString;
      cout << endl;


      cout << endl << "Enter the last name :";
      aString.GetLine(InStr);
      aLoan.LastName_ = aString;
      cout << endl;

return InStr;
}

However, I used the overload operators as follows:

do{

cin >> aLoan;
cout << aLoan;

cout << “ Another ? “;
cin >> Response
while (Response = y) ;

This still works however the second and subsequent iterations called for only print the last name. I have done a bit of stepping through the code and I have traced the fault to calling the  function GetLine(InStr). In turn this calls a function In.getline as follows:

istream& Strings::GetLine(istream& In, unsigned MaxChars, char UntilChar)
{
  char
    Buffer[MaxLength];                        // temporary string storage

  In.getline(Buffer,                          // read in the line
             (MaxLength < MaxChars) ? MaxLength : MaxChars,
             UntilChar);

  Length_ = strlen(Buffer);                   // set Length_

  delete [] String_;                          // remove any prior array

  String_ = new char [Length_ + 1];           // allocate new array
  assert(String_ != 0);                       // verify, and
  strcpy(String_, Buffer);                    // copy the buffer into it

  return In;                                  // return the istream
}
In the first iteration In.getline() is called and then goes to DOS  for the user to type the FirstName, Length_ is then set. In the second & subsequent iterations the program  still calls In.getline() however tracing through shows that the program does not go to DOS to receive the string. Instead it steps to Lenght_ which has the assigned value ). I suspect there is something in the buffer still though I cannot see it with ‘watch variables’ nor does it print to the ostream as I say,

any help greatly appreciated,

regards

David Klemitz (es00749@ozemail.com.au)



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LucHoltkamp earned 300 total points
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Try to use string (cstring.h) instead of Strings. Works great! (They already have operator>> defined, besides its Borland's recommended class).
.luc.
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by:dklemitz
ID: 1163748
Thanks for your reply,

I will check this out. I solved the problem by writing

cin.get() as the carrage return from  entering the previous
object was still in the stream. cin.get()  'consumed' this
and allowed the inputing to proceed as normal

thanks agian

David  es00749@ozemail.com.au
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