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Count the number of vowels

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I'am trying to count the number of vowels read from a redirected file. The problem is I can't seem to create the counter and send back the number of vowels read.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Here is my straight foward solution

1) open the file in buffered mode
2) read a char and convert to upper case
3) use a switch statement to compare the char to A E I O U
4) return count

int count_vowels(char* filename)
{
      FILE * thefile;
      int count = 0;
      char ch;

      thefile  = fopen(filename,  "r");
      if (thefile)
      {
            while (!feof(thefile))
            {
                  ch = fgetc(thefile);
                  ch = toupper(ch);
                  switch (ch)
                  {
                        case 'A':
                        case 'E':
                        case 'I':
                        case 'O':
                        case 'U':
                              count++;
                              break;
                              
                        default:
                              break;
                  }
            }
            fclose(thefile);
      }
      
      return count;
}
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by:guitardude101
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FYI you need to include <stdio,h> and <ctype.h>
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by:not_an_xpert
ID: 9631314
what do u mean by
>problem is I can't seem to create the counter and send back the >number of vowels read

u may have to do dis

count = 0;
while  not end of file
{
   read the file contents in a buffer
   check if the buffer has a vowel
   if so increment the count
}
u may need to use sum of these
fopen
rewind/fseek //optional
fgets/fread
feof
fclose
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by:mrdtn
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Just a quick comment to guitardude101's post - cover all cases:

              switch (ch)
              {
                   case 'A':
                   case 'A':
                   case 'E':
                   case 'e':
                   case 'I':
                   case 'i':
                   case 'O':
                   case 'o':
                   case 'U':
                   case 'u':
                        count++;
                        break;
                       
                    default:
                        break;
 
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by:guitardude101
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mrdtn if you look carefully you will see that I did a toupper(ch) thus there is no need to have lowwer case volowels in the switch statement.


slracer99 please close and grade. You have your working answer.
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by:mrdtn
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>> Just a quick comment  . . .

Perhaps a bit too quick.

Didn't see the toupper.  Never mind my comment.

mrdtn
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by:Triskelion
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How is your file to be terminated?
Herre's something that works generically.
If you have a tradational 'end-of-file' marker, you can change the validation to look for character 0x1a.

execution will look like this

ProgName < this.txt

...where this.txt is a file of text.

#include <stdio.h>
#include <ctype.h>

int main(void)
{
      auto      long      lngCount=0;
      auto      char      chrData=0;

      while(0x09 < (chrData=(char)toupper(getchar())))
            {
            if((chrData=='A') || (chrData=='E') || (chrData=='I') || (chrData=='O') || (chrData=='U'))
                  {
                  lngCount++;
                  }
            }

      printf("Number of vowels=%ld", lngCount);
}
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/*
Here's an example using stdin
*/

#include <stdio.h>
#include <ctype.h>

int main(void)
{
      auto      FILE*      hanInFile=stdin;
      auto      char      chrData=0;
      auto      long      lngCount=0;

      if(NULL == hanInFile)
            {
            printf("cannot open input file");
            return 1;
            }

      while (!feof(hanInFile))
            {
            chrData = (char)toupper(fgetc(hanInFile));
            if((chrData=='A') || (chrData=='E') || (chrData=='I') || (chrData=='O') || (chrData=='U'))
                  {
                  lngCount++;
                  }
            }
      fclose(hanInFile);
      printf("Number of vowels=%ld", lngCount);
      return 0;
}
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by:guitardude101
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My original and first answer is correct and works.
The solution using stdin also works.

Have a good day
Paul
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