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Can you please explain to me why this C++ program does not want to run. I copied this straight from a text book:

//Paycheck program
//This program computes an employee's wages for the week

#include <iostream>
using namespace std;

void CalcPay(float, float, float&);

const float max_hours = 40.0; //Maximum normal work hours 
const float overtime = 1.5; //overtime rate factor

int main()
float payrate; //emp pay rare
float hours; // hours worked
float wages; // wages earned
int empnum; //emp id no

cout <<"Enter emp no";
cout <<"Enter pay rate";
cout<<"Enter hours worked";

CalcPay(payrate, hours, wages);

cout <<"Emp no"<<empnum<<endl<<"pay rate"<<payrate<<endl<<"wages"<<wages<<endl;

return 0;

void CalcPay(float payrate, float hours, float& wages )
if (hours > max_hours)
wages = (max_hours * payrate) + (hours-max_hours) *payrate *overtime;
wages= hours * payrate;
Updated 28-May-11 0:53am
Sandeep Mewara 28-May-11 5:54am
What do you mean by "does not want to run"? Any error?
hakz.code 28-May-11 6:35am
Please be specific!unless you describe the problem well it is tough to get the solution..

1 solution

It does run.
The only thing you need to do is add something to let you see the result, before the window closes: Try putting a breakpoint on the return statement, that would help for testing, or use cin to force another read from the keyboard before the application closes.

BTW: I would change the CalcPay function:
float CalcPay(float payrate, float hours)
   float wages;
   if (hours > max_hours)
      wages = (max_hours * payrate) + (hours-max_hours) *payrate *overtime;
      wages= hours * payrate;
   return wages;
This way it returns the value, instead of modifying a parameter. That means you can use it in calculations:
float allPay = CalcPay(JoesRate, JoesHours) + CalcPay(MikesRate, MikesHours);

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