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Array of function pointers

Posted on 1998-05-18
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Last Modified: 2013-12-26
Is it possible to create an array of function pointers and if so how ?
Question by:ShriramS
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msmits earned 80 total points
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It should not be necessary in C++ and object-oriented programming to use arrats of function pointer, but technically it is possible.

void (*pfa[10])(char*);

Which is an array of 10 pointers to functions that return void and take a char* as parameter.

void xyz(char *x)

pfa[0] = xyz;


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ID: 1299677
What I need to do is have a array of pointers in a class without knowing how many items I need in the array. How do I deal with that ? Can I declare a pointer in the declaration and then define it as an array in the constructor for example ?

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ID: 1299678
That depends on when you know how may pointer you need. If you know it at constructor time, you can create a pointer to an array of pointers and allocate the memory at constructor time for just the number of elements you need.

void (**pfa)(char*);

void xyz(char *x)

X:x(int n) {
  pfa = new (void (*[n])(char *));
  pfa[0] = xyz;


If you want real dynamic array, you need to use the vector class from the Standard Library.


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