Question on hash_map in stl

I want to use a hash_map to store some data.  the key is going to be a const char* and the object is going to be a custom struct.  I have no idea how to go about implementing this and I can't find anything online.  I need to be pointed to a tutorial on using hash_maps.  the one on sgis website doesn't help enough.

I am trying to call the following:  

struct eqstr
      {
        bool operator()(const char* s1, const char* s2) const
      {
             return strcmp(s1, s2) == 0;
      }
      };
      hash_map<const char*, notes, hash<const char*>, eqstr> toolNotes;

and getting an error that hash is undefined.

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jjacksnAsked:
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_ys_Commented:
Perhaps this is what you intended:

hash_map<const char*, notes, hash_compare<const char*, eqstr> > toolNotes;

Assuming that 'notes' is defined as a type (e.g. class notes).
jjacksnAuthor Commented:
Ok, that declaration works, but is says its deprecated.  Do you know of anywhere I can read about or see sample code of hash_map.  Not the sgi version, which is different.
efnCommented:
There isn't any hash_map in the standard library, so implementations may vary.  Which one are you using?

This may help:

http://www.rpi.edu/~daiglm/plang/ml3.html

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jjacksnAuthor Commented:
I programming in VS.NET in C++.  STL doesn't have a hash_map?  I'm just using include <hash_map> Is there a better hash_map to use?
jjacksnAuthor Commented:
Basically, I want to do the following:

Using a custom deifnied struct, store information about users keyed on their e-mail addresses.  I will need to be accessing these over and over, updating the data, then finally outputing to an xml file.  What is the best/easiest way to do this.  I don't seem to be getting how use hashmap.
AxterCommented:
If you're using VC++ 7.1, hash_map is NOT in the std namespace.

They correctly moved it to stdext namespace instead.

VC++ 7.1 is one of the few compilers/libraries that were smart enough to put the hash_map out side of the std namespace.

If you're using VC++ 7.1, you  don't need to download anything.  It comes with the compiler.
Just make sure to use the right namespace.

stdext::hash_map<std::string, SalestInfo> contactList;

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