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Program runs as if there is no getch() command!

Posted on 1997-05-30
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Hello,
         Im attempting to learn C++ using Borland's C++ Builder and a good
 tutorial book which came with it.  I however have run into a problem.
 Using the code supplied with the tutorial the program will give off no
 errors but when run will go on and off in about 1/2 sec.  It is as if
 there is no getch() statement.  Could you PLZ PLZ PLZ look at it and let
 me know what I am doing wrong.... Im about ready to pull my hair out!!
 Thanks
 Aaron Gorsky

 #include <iostream.h>
 #include <conio.h>
 #include <stdlib.h>
 #pragma hdrstop

 #include "structur.h"

 void displayRecord(int, mailingListRecord mlRec);

 int main(int, char**)
 {
   //
   // create an array of mailingListRecord structures
   //
   mailingListRecord listArray[3];
   cout << endl;
   int index = 0;
   //
   // get three records
   //
   do {
     cout << "First Name: ";
     cin.getline(listArray[index].firstName,
       sizeof(listArray[index].firstName) - 1);
     cout << "Last Name: ";
     cin.getline(listArray[index].lastName,
       sizeof(listArray[index].lastName) - 1);
     cout << "Address: ";
     cin.getline(listArray[index].address,
       sizeof(listArray[index].address) - 1);
     cout << "City: ";
     cin.getline(listArray[index].city,
       sizeof(listArray[index].city) - 1);
     cout << "State: ";
     cin.getline(listArray[index].state,
       sizeof(listArray[index].state) - 1);
     char buff[10];
     cout << "Zip: ";
     cin.getline(buff, sizeof(buff) - 1);
     listArray[index].zip = atoi(buff);
     index++;
     cout << endl;
   }
   while (index < 3);
   //
   // clear the screen
   //
   clrscr();
   //
   // display the three records
   //
   for (int i=0;i<3;i++) {
     displayRecord(i, listArray[i]);
   }
   //
   // ask the user to choose a record
   //
   cout << "Choose a record: ";
   char rec;
   //
   // be sure only 1, 2, or 3 was selected
   //
   do {
     rec = getch();
     rec -= 49;
   } while (rec < 0 || rec > 2);
   //
   // assign the selected record to a temporary variable
   //
   mailingListRecord temp = listArray[rec];
   clrscr();
   cout << endl;
   //
   // display the selected record
   //
   displayRecord(rec, temp);
   getch();
   return 0;
 }

 void displayRecord(int num, mailingListRecord mlRec)
 {
   cout << "Record " << num + 1 << ":" << endl;
   cout << "Name:     " << mlRec.firstName << " ";
   cout << mlRec.lastName;
   cout << endl;
   cout << "Address:  " << mlRec.address;
   cout << endl << "          ";
   cout << mlRec.city << ", ";
   cout << mlRec.state << "  ";
   cout << mlRec.zip;
   cout << endl << endl;
 }

 code for Struct.h is as follows

 #ifndef _STRUCTUR_H
 #define _STRUCTUR.H
 struct mailingListRecord {
   char firstName[20];
   char lastName[20];
   char address[50];
   char city[20];
   char state[5];
   int zip;
 };
 #endif
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by:byang
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getch() requires you the press the enter key after typing in something. For example, if you entered "12" and then pressed enter, the first call to getch() will return you '1', the next call will return you '2'.

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by:agorsky
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Ok... But, what do I need to actually add to the code to make it work.  I typed it word for word in the tutorial with no luck. IfI need to type more getch() statements then where would I putthem?Thanks
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by:rprice032897
ID: 1163763
Tutorial code doesn't always work.  Sad but true.  Try using cin (the counterpart of cout) to grab the incoming string.  You could also look at using a string class with a readstring method.  Getch() and getche() are single character functions.

My other reccommnedation is to learn C++ using the IDE to write the programs and then compile on the command line.  The C++ builder hides alot of the learning from the user and should be used AFTER you understand how the language works.
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LucHoltkamp earned 100 total points
ID: 1163764
Although the code doesn't look so nice to me, it ran okay when I tested it as a *** console *** application.
Each executable you are creating is espacially targeted at a specific platform, such as Dos, Unix or Windows. The code you wrote is clearly intended to run under Dos or a Win95 console (which you might view 32 bit Dos).
When you create a new project with the BC5 IDE, and presumably also with C++ Builder, the target type's default is Win95 GUI! This will compile your code and run it (in .5 sec or so).
Try changing the application's target type to either 16 bit Dos or Win32 Console.
Good Luck,
.luc.

PS. I agree with rprice's comment on learning C++.
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by:agorsky
ID: 1163765
Thanks for the help... You were right! In project options the linker is set to GUI.... I set it to Console and received a different problem however....It now says...[linker error]Unresolved external "_main" referenced from module c0nt.ASM.Any ideas???
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