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Given an integer numRows, return the first numRows of Pascal's triangle.

In Pascal's triangle, each number is the sum of the two numbers directly above it

I did debug the program in the compiler online, I was not getting any error there .

Error:

What I have tried:

C++
```int** generate(int numRows, int* returnSize, int** returnColumnSizes){
int **p=(int**)malloc(numRows*sizeof(p));
*returnSize=numRows;
int i=0, j;
*returnColumnSizes = (int*)malloc(sizeof(int)*numRows);
for(i=0;i<numRows;i++)
{
p[i]=(int*)malloc((i+1)*sizeof(int));
p[i][0]=1;
if(i>=1)
{
p[i][i]=1;
}

for(j=1;j<=i-1;j++)
{
p[i][j]=p[i-1][j-1]+p[i-1][j];
}
*returnColumnSizes[i]=i+1;
}
return p;
}```
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Updated 22-Jun-21 19:50pm

Solution 1

Compiling does not mean your code is right! :laugh:
Think of the development process as writing an email: compiling successfully means that you wrote the email in the right language - English, rather than German for example - not that the email contained the message you wanted to send.

So now you enter the second stage of development (in reality it's the fourth or fifth, but you'll come to the earlier stages later): Testing and Debugging.

Start by looking at what it does do, and how that differs from what you wanted. This is important, because it give you information as to why it's doing it. For example, if a program is intended to let the user enter a number and it doubles it and prints the answer, then if the input / output was like this:
```Input   Expected output    Actual output
1            2                 1
2            4                 4
3            6                 9
4            8                16```
Then it's fairly obvious that the problem is with the bit which doubles it - it's not adding itself to itself, or multiplying it by 2, it's multiplying it by itself and returning the square of the input.
So with that, you can look at the code and it's obvious that it's somewhere here:
C#
```int Double(int value)
{
return value * value;
}```

Once you have an idea what might be going wrong, start using the debugger to find out why. Put a breakpoint on the first line of the method, and run your app. When it reaches the breakpoint, the debugger will stop, and hand control over to you. You can now run your code line-by-line (called "single stepping") and look at (or even change) variable contents as necessary (heck, you can even change the code and try again if you need to).
Think about what each line in the code should do before you execute it, and compare that to what it actually did when you use the "Step over" button to execute each line in turn. Did it do what you expect? If so, move on to the next line.
If not, why not? How does it differ?
Hopefully, that should help you locate which part of that code has a problem, and what the problem is.
This is a skill, and it's one which is well worth developing as it helps you in the real world as well as in development. And like all skills, it only improves by use!

_-_-_-me 23-Jun-21 8:10am
I did debug the program, but I was unable to find any mistake.
OriginalGriff 23-Jun-21 8:13am
And what - exactly - did the debugger show you was going on?
If nothing else, it would have shown you where in your code the error was spotted ...
_-_-_-me 23-Jun-21 8:18am
Should we use calloc() or malloc() function here?
As we are returning the double pointer p, we are passing the double pointer p to the free() function in main() function.
Can we pass double pointer to the free function?
_-_-_-me 24-Jun-21 0:07am
*returnColumnSizes = (int**)malloc(sizeof(int*) * numRows);
*(*returnColumnSizes+i)=i+1;// This statement is in loop

and

*returnColumnSizes = (int**)malloc(sizeof(int*) * numRows);
*(returnColumnSizes)[i]=i+1;//This statement is also in the loop same as first one

What is the difference between these two?
Thank you !

If I use first one instead of second one , I am not getting error.

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