Difference between opeartor and function

Posted on 2004-04-25
Last Modified: 2010-04-01
does anybody have idea abt the difference in bettween opeartor and function in C/C++.

Question by:agri_amit

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info_expert earned 25 total points
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and operator behaves like function but a function does not behave like operator,


when you call   :

by default it is actually called:    >> as name of function and 'cin' and a are the parameters passsed.

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stefan73 earned 25 total points
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Hi agri_amit,
> the difference in bettween opeartor and function in C/C++
(I assume you mean C++ only, you can't redefine/overload operators in C)

From the compiler viewpoint, there's not much of a difference. Operators are just functions with a bit of syntactical sugar.

ostream & operator<<( ostream & o, A& a ) {
    o << a.my_int ;

This one you could call as
cout << my_instance;

or as
operator<<(cout, my_instance);


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