Why pointers can't be used to index arrays?

Why pointers can't be used to index arrays?

By : Tae Chon
Date : October 21 2020, 06:10 PM
I hope this helps you . The difference is that char A[] defines an array and char * does not.
The most important thing to remember is that arrays are not pointers.
code :
char *A = "ab";
const char *A = "ab";
char A[] = "ab";
#include <stdio.h>
int main(void) {
    char array_object[] = "ab"; /* array_object is writable */
    char *ptr = array_object;   /* or &array_object[0] */
    printf("array_object[0] = '%c'\n", array_object[0]);
    printf("ptr[0] = '%c'\n", ptr[0]);
array_object[0] = 'a'
ptr[0] = 'a'

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finding an index to pointers to chars arrays

finding an index to pointers to chars arrays

By : beingzen
Date : March 29 2020, 07:55 AM
With these it helps sizeof is known as a compile-time operator. It can count sizes only of objects whose size can be determined before-hand. So when you pass it a pointer (arrays degenerate to pointers when passed as function arguments), you just get the size of the pointer.
A typical arrangement is to end the list with a NULL pointer. With such a list, your function could be written this way:
code :
int indexof(char *aword, char *arrayofwords[]){
  int i;
  for (i=0 ; arrayofwords[i]!=NULL ;i++){
    if (strcmp(aword,arrayofwords[i])==0){return i;}}
  return -1;//not found
#include <stdlib.h>

#define COUNT_OF(x) ((sizeof(x)/sizeof(0[x])) / ((size_t)(!(sizeof(x) % sizeof(0[x])))))

int main() {
char *ta[]={"asdf","qwer","zxcv"};
char *aword="qwer";
  int i; unsigned int ct=COUNT_OF(ta);
  for (i=0 ; i<ct ;i++){
    if (strcmp(aword,ta[i])==0){return i;}}
  return -1;//not found
#include <stdlib.h>

#define COUNT_OF(x) ((sizeof(x)/sizeof(0[x])) / ((size_t)(!(sizeof(x) % sizeof(0[x])))))

int main() {
char *ta[]={"asdf","qwer","zxcv"};
char *word="qwer";
  return indexof(word, ta, COUNT_OF(ta));

int indexof(char *aword, char *arrayofwords[], int length){

  int i; unsigned int ct=length;
  for (i=0 ; i<ct ;i++){
    if (strcmp(aword,arrayofwords[i])==0){return i;}}
  return -1;//not found
How to index arrays using pointers safely

How to index arrays using pointers safely

By : Keighan robichaud
Date : March 29 2020, 07:55 AM
Does that help Your understanding of what the text recommends is correct, as is your implementation. But regarding the basis of the recommendation, I think you are confusing safe with correct.
It's not that using a pointer is safer than using an index. The argument is that, in reasoning about the code, it is easier to decide that the logic is correct when using pointers. Safety is about failure modes: what happens if the code is incorrect (references a location outside the array). Correctness is more fundamental: that the algorithm provably does what it sets out to do. We might say that correct code doesn't need safety.
Index parameter type for operator[] on pointers and arrays

Index parameter type for operator[] on pointers and arrays

By : Abdul
Date : March 29 2020, 07:55 AM
To fix this issue operator [] on pointers can be any integral expression
To be general, ptrdiff_t is technically what you want, if the intention is for data and data + i to be any two arbitrary pointers in either other and to arbitrary blocks of memory, since ptrdiff_t is defined as a signed type for holding the difference between two pointers (however, it's not guaranteed to not overflow: ptrdiff_t on machines with 32-bit pointers is typically 32-bit, not the next signed integral size higher)
Pointers and arrays without using index

Pointers and arrays without using index

By : Asampaiz
Date : March 29 2020, 07:55 AM
it fixes the issue "which works perfectly" : this is impossible
(*nNumArray <= &nNumArray[nSize-1]) : you compare an int into the vector (and later outside it) and an address of an int into the vector ( and in fact after its end). A priori your compiler signal the error
code :
#include <stdio.h>

int sumArray(int nNumArray[], int nSize)
    int nSum = 0;
    int * ptr = nNumArray;

    while(ptr <= &nNumArray[nSize-1])
        nSum += *ptr++;
    return nSum;

int main()
  int a[3] = {1,2,3};

  printf("%d\n", sumArray(a, 3));
  return 0;
How to index array of pointers to arrays [queue]?

How to index array of pointers to arrays [queue]?

By : Mahmud Parvege uzzal
Date : March 29 2020, 07:55 AM
I think the issue was by ths following , Well, it's still arr[3][2].
Although arrays are not pointers, the way we use them is effectively using a pointer because of the way they work and the way their name decays.
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