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A simple templated array class.
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    ISArray is a simple array class template. It is especially useful when you need to dynamically allocate arrays of objects in functions that have many possible return points. Instead of having to call delete [] pArray at each return point, you can let the ISArray destructor handle it for you.


    int MyFunction()
        // declare an array of 256 chars called "charArray"
        ISArray < char > charArray(256);
        // init to 0's
        charArray.Fill( (char)0 );
        // get a pointer to the start of the array
        char *pArray = (char *)charArray;
        // lots of ugly code with lots of ways out...
        if (...)
            for (...)
               if (...)
                  // error!
                  return -1;
            if (...)
               // error!
               return -2;
               // no error
               return 1;
        return 1;

    If you had allocated the array the traditional C++ way, with

    char *pArray = new char[256];

    or the traditional C way, using

    pArray = (char *)malloc(256);

    you would have had to call delete [] pArray; or free(pArray) at each return point. But, with ISArray, the ISArray destructor handles this for you. This insures against memory leaks, and makes your code much cleaner to look at. In extreme cases (such as the one we wrote it for) this class can actually cut down the size of your app, by eliminating all of the clean-up code.

    In addition, ISArray allows you to delay the allocation of the memory, instead of doing it in the ISArray constructor. This can be very handy if the allocation is conditional. Of course, you don't have to test that the array has been allocated before deleting it, the ISArray destructor handles this for you, too.

    We've also included some handy utility functions to copy one array to another, set/get the array size, etc..


    // include the header
    #include <span class="code-string">"ISArray.h"</span>
    void func()
        // declare an array - allocate in the ctor
        ISArray <CString> stringArray(100);
        // declare some arrays - allocate later
        ISArray <BYTE> bytes1;
        ISArray <BYTE> bytes2;
        // allocate now
        // copy
        bytes2 = bytes1;

    Remember - have fun.


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    Chris Losinger
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    United States United States
    Chris Losinger is the president of Smaller Animals Software, Inc..

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    Comments and Discussions

    Questionabout GetPtr() ? Pin
    Hunt Chang31-Dec-06 19:22
    memberHunt Chang31-Dec-06 19:22 
    AnswerRe: about GetPtr() ? Pin
    Chris Losinger1-Jan-07 6:20
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    GeneralRe: about GetPtr() ? Pin
    Hunt Chang2-Jan-07 5:47
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    GeneralIssue about the Fill() function Pin
    Christian Skovdal Andersen5-Jun-01 11:57
    memberChristian Skovdal Andersen5-Jun-01 11:57 
    GeneralRe: Issue about the Fill() function Pin
    Chris Losinger13-Jun-01 8:24
    memberChris Losinger13-Jun-01 8:24 
    GeneralUseful, but std::vector will work to Pin
    William Kempf3-May-00 12:17
    sussWilliam Kempf3-May-00 12:17 
    GeneralRe: Useful, but std::vector will work to Pin
    Chris Losinger3-May-00 12:28
    sussChris Losinger3-May-00 12:28 
    GeneralRe: Useful, but std::vector will work to Pin
    William Kempf10-May-00 4:19
    sussWilliam Kempf10-May-00 4:19 
    GeneralRe: Useful, but std::vector will work to Pin
    chris losinger10-May-00 4:49
    susschris losinger10-May-00 4:49 
    GeneralRe: Useful, but std::vector will work to Pin
    William Kempf10-May-00 12:52
    sussWilliam Kempf10-May-00 12:52 
    GeneralRe: Useful, but std::vector will work to Pin
    chris losinger10-May-00 15:00
    susschris losinger10-May-00 15:00 

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