Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Let's Allocate Stuff!

Nobody's perfect, of course, but when there are so many things wrong with a small piece of C++ code, it's hard to be placid. How about:

  std::vector v = new std::vector;
  // ...
    v->push_back(new std::string("..."));
  // ...
  std::ostream *str = get_me_a_stream(...);
  for (int i = 0; i < v->size(); i++) {
    *str << (*v)[i]->c_str();
  delete str;
  // loop to delete v and its elements.

Ow, my head is spinning from all of these needless allocations. Let's not wear out new and delete.

Well, if you first learn C and then learn C++, your head might still be in Pointer Land. But the unnecessary call to c_str() makes it hard for me to get any work done.

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