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#include <iostream>

using namespace std;


int main ()
{
      
      string string1 = "{ENTER}";

      if ( string1[0] == "{" )
      {
            // so forth
      }
      
      
      
      
      
      return 0;
      
      
}





how do I make it work?

I just need to compare the n th char with a " // some string " 


i don't know, is this the way things are done in c++?
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Question by:Troudeloup
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Could you rephrase your question?
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by:Troudeloup
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     if ( string1[0] == "{" )



pops


test2.cpp:11: error: ISO C++ forbids comparison between pointer and integer




I need to know what the first character is in the string, so I used a if, but it's not allowed becaus I am comparing different type


thank you for cuing me to rephrase, I thought it was ok.
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ah, sure, it should be:
     if ( string1[0] == '{' )

with single quotes, you must compare character with character, not character with string
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Just as a point of interest, to avoid accidental assignments when doing equality tests try putting the rvalue (constant) on the left as it will then generate an error if you get it wrong so you will know at compile time you have made a mistake. In your example the code would have built but you'd have had unexpected behavior.

To clarify...

You had this: if ( string1[0] = '{' )

If you'd written it like this: if ( '{' = string1[0] ) the compiler would have notified you of your accidental assignment: error C2106: '=' : left operand must be l-value

So you'd know there was an issue and you could then correct it: if ( '{' == string1[0] ) which is semantically identical to this: if ( string1[0] == "{" ) but with the advantage of the extra compile time check!

-Rx.
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>> You had this: if ( string1[0] = '{' )

Actually, (my mistake) you had this, if ( string1[0] == "{" ), but the tip is still valid and worth remembering as it can save you many hours of wasted time trying ti find an elusive accidental assignment!
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...I meant to say once you follow Jaime's advice you'll have this: if ( string1[0] = '{' )

I'm not well today :(
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ARRRGGG!!!

you'll have this: if ( string1[0] == '{' )

You know what I mean. I'm going back to bed :(
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