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Old 07-21-2004, 02:38 AM   #1
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Newbie trying to learn C++. How to use variables.

Ok, i've been learning how to use C++ from this site
And I've gotten not far, because its too complicated on "variables". How exactly do u do variables??? This is what I've cungered up so far.

#include <iostream.h>
int 3;
cout<<"randomthing: "<<7;
return 0;

This is the example it showed me...
#include <iostream.h>
int thisisanumber;
cout<<"Please enter a number:";
cout<<"You entered: "<<thisisanumber;
return 0;

im guessing im supposed to fill in what it tells me, but it keeps giving out an error, whenever try to compile with g++, I just dont get "chars" and "vars"

Also, could someone redirect me to a site, of an easier tutorial, its just too complicated.
Old 07-21-2004, 03:40 AM   #2
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you declare a variable called 3 and address it as six?
You cant declare are variable as a number.

new changed number:

#include <iostream.h>
int main()
int somenumber;
cout<<"randomthing: "<<somenumber;
return 0;
Old 07-21-2004, 05:04 AM   #3
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No, type in the listing given to you exactly as you read it!


Variables a like buckets - you put something in them for storage.
You give each bucket a name, like you and I have names on this forum.
This name must be unique (as on this forum) so we can always identify our buckets without any doubt.
There are rules about the names you can give variables, just as I am not allowed to use offensive words in my name on this forum.
One of the rules is that you cannot start a variable's name with a number, which is what you did by typing the line:
int 3;

There are different types of bucket to hold different types of value.

The statement:
int thisisanumber;
creates a bucket called "thisisanumber" which will hold an integer, that is a whole number between -2147483648 and 2147483647. The type of bucket is called 'int'

Different types of bucket include char and float, so we can store letters and decimal values as well as integers.
(I would write
float thisisadecimal;
to create a bucket to hold a decimal called thisisadecimal)
The general format to declare a variable is like this:

type identifier;

The rest of the program:

cout<<"Please enter a number:";

This line will print "Please enter a number:" on your screen.
Anything contained with double quotes like this is a string literal.
It will appear exactly as typed.


The program will now wait for you to enter a number on the screen and press return. When you press return (and assuming you have typed a number) the computer will put this number into the bucket called thisisanumber.

cout<<"You entered: "<<thisisanumber;

The computer will now print on your screen "You entered:" followed by the contents of the bucket called thisisanumber.

Some other stuff you can do with variables.
Also note that anything appearing between // and a newline will be ignored.
This is referred to as a comment and allows me to annotate the code.
You can copy and paste the code below into a text file and then compile it.

#include <iostream.h>
int main()
  int thisisanumber;
  thisisanumber = 99;  // fill the bucket with the value 99

  int anothernumber;   // create another bucket, called anothernumber
  anothernumber = 1;  // fill another number with the value 1

  int yetanothernumber; // create a third bucket ...

  // fill yetanothernumber with the value contained in thisisanumber added to
  // the value contained in anothernumber

  yetanothernumber = thisisanumber + anothernumber;

  // show the value contained in yetanothernumber on the screen
  // note the difference between yetanothernumber appearing in 
  // quotes, which will show the word "yetanothernumber" and
  // yetanothernumber appearing without quotes which allows us to
  // access its contents
  cout << "The value contained in yetanothernumber is : " << yetanothernumber;

  return 0;
You might also want to know that you can't do this:
cin >> 5;
You need to have something that you can fill at the end of the statement.
You can fill a variable but you can't fill a number or a value, in the same way you can fill a bucket but you can't fill water.

Where you wrote;
cout<<"randomthing: "<<7;
however, you can output a value, just as you can output a variable.
On screen this will show 'randomthing: 7' on your screen.

Well, I hope all that helped a bit anyway.
If you can find it "The Complete Idiots Guide to c++" by Paul Snaith is a fairly good book to learn from.
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Last edited by dakensta; 07-21-2004 at 05:18 AM.
Old 07-21-2004, 10:08 PM   #4
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I strongly recommend using C for doing that stuff. It's simpler, and with what you're doing, it won't make a difference. Here's a program that takes input from the user and prints what he/she entered to the screen (written in C):
#include <stdio.h>

int number;
int main()
      printf("Please enter a number, only single-digit please (otherwise the program goes haywire\n");
      printf("Your number: ");
      scanf("%d", &number);
      printf("Thank you. Your number was %d.\n", number);
      return 0;

Last edited by LavaDevil94; 07-21-2004 at 10:10 PM.


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