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When declaring a function that works on a table of class instances, how can I declare a variable e.g. double length
from the next element in the table, so that when the function is working on the current element in the table, it can access the value of a member variable in the next element. For example, adding the lengths of array[1] and array[i+1]for up to 10 elements.
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by:tdubroff
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Hmm I'm not quite sure what you are trying to accomplish.  If you are saying that you have an array of objects, then create a function that takes as a parameter the array as well as the appropriate index.  Then if you need to access another element in the array, just switch indices.  Did that make any sense for you?
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by:Lucret
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Hello tdubroff,

Could you give a quick example of the syntax?

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by:yonat
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Just pass a pointer to the current element. By increasing this pointer, the function can access the next element.
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by:newexpert
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If the function can access the member variable of the current element it should be able to access member variable of any element simultaneously.

Say you declare
Class element
 {
  double length;
public:
  double total_length(int number_of_element);
 };

double element::total_length(int number_of_element)
 {
  double sum_length = 0;
  for (int i = 0; i < number_of_element; i++)
   sum_length += this[i].length;
  return sum_length;
 }

But be careful - you must make sure there are number_of_element elements in an array.
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by:newexpert
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If the function can access the member variable of the current element it should be able to access member variable of any element simultaneously.

Say you declare
Class element
 {
  double length;
public:
  double total_length(int number_of_element);
 };

double element::total_length(int number_of_element)
 {
  double sum_length = 0;
  for (int i = 0; i < number_of_element; i++)
   sum_length += this[i].length;
  return sum_length;
 }

void main(void)
 {
  element array[5];
  // ...
  // Print out the total length.
  cout << array[0].total_length(5) << end;
 }

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Bonev earned 90 total points
ID: 1172132
Suppose you have class CItem with a public member variable double m_nLength.
// Array declaration:
CItem Table[10];

// Use:
double nTotalLength = 0;
for( int i = 0; i < 10; i++ )
  nTotalLength += Table[i].m_nLength;

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