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say I have:





and I want to create an array of TreeNode, how do I do that?
typedef struct treeNode   
   { ..................
     .......................
   } TreeNode;

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by:Jaime Olivares
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Declare a pointer:
TreeNode *nodes;

Then you can create the array dynamically:

nodes = new TreeNode[somesize];

but these will be unsual since a tree is not used to be stored in an array, but in some kind of dynamically collection.
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by:kuntilanak
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I don't think that C has a new operation, what if I do:

TreeNode * arr[100];

will that work?
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by:Jaime Olivares
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>>I don't think that C has a new operation
You put your question in the C and C++ areas

>>what if I do:
>>TreeNode * arr[100];
You just need:
TreeNode arr[100];

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by:kuntilanak
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okay, so TreeNode arr[100];

will also work for me?
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by:Jaime Olivares
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yes, it will.
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by:kuntilanak
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someone recommend me to use malloc, how can I do that?
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by:Jaime Olivares
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if you need a fixed set of object, you can work as described.
if you don't know the number of elements at design time, then malloc will help you better, as the 'new' operator does in C++. Something like:

TreeNode *arr = (TreeNode *)malloc(sizeof(TreeNode) * num_elements);

where you have to define num_elements.
But notice you are responsible to free that memory somewhere with the free() function, like:

free(arr);
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by:kuntilanak
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Why is it not TreeNode * arr[100]; instead of TreeNode arr[100];??
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by:kuntilanak
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and say I want to create a function to traverse the array in order to find a specific value, will this work
static TreeNode * traverseArray(TreeNode * array[], TreeNode * t){
for (int i = 0; i<100; i++){
  if (strcmp(array[1]->name, t->name) == 0)
	return t;
}
return NULL;
}

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by:Infinity08
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>> Why is it not TreeNode * arr[100]; instead of TreeNode arr[100];??

Because then it would be an array of pointers to TreeNode, not an array of TreeNode's as you wanted :)

You can do that of course, but you'd need to modify the rest of the code to work with that.


>> and say I want to create a function to traverse the array in order to find a specific value, will this work

The idea is good, but there's a few mistakes :
TreeNode *traverseArray(TreeNode *array[], TreeNode *t) {
  int i = 0;
  for (i = 0; i < 100; i++) {                                      /* <--- will the array always have size 100 ? */
    if (strcmp(array[i]->name, t->name) == 0) {                    /* <--- use i as index ! */
      return array[i];                                             /* <--- return the element from the array */
    }
  }
  return NULL;
}

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by:Infinity08
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Didn't jaime_olivares answer your question ? I merely answered a follow-up question. You need to take care in accepting the right answers. Not only in order not to offend the experts who took their time to help you, but also to have a usable PAQ database.
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Jaime Olivares earned 500 total points
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I think a split woud be a fair decision.
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by:Infinity08
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kuntilanak : the reply you accepted does not answer your initial question. You need to make some effort to identify the reply (replies) that answered your question, and accept those. Otherwise, it'll be more difficult for other people to find the answer.
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