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Hi everybody,

I am new in vc environment. Is some one suggest me how I validate the numeric string?

My requirements are as follows:
a)numeric string have negative numbers.
b)range is from -1000 to 1000.

Currently I do the following things:
a)remove leading zeros.
b)remove special symbols and alphabets.
c)restrict the string only for four characters.

User enters combinations of any type like :
and so on.

I am not understanding how to restrict the above one.
Please anyone suggest me regarding to this things.
Posted 3-Mar-13 19:25pm
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Solution 1

There are built-in functions like atoi, atof, atol and so long.
By using this function you don't need to care of restictions: the given string will be converted or you get zero back!

Take a look at e.g. atoi:

int atoi (const char * str);
Convert string to integer
Parses the C-string str interpreting its content as an integral number, which is returned as a value of type int.

For example:

#include <stdio.h>      /* printf, fgets */
#include <stdlib.h>     /* atoi */
int main ()
  int i;
  char buffer[256];
  printf ("Enter a number: ");
  fgets (buffer, 256, stdin);
  i = atoi (buffer);
  printf ("The value entered is %d. Its double is %d.\n",i,i*2);
  return 0;
Vaibhav_J_Jaiswal 4-Mar-13 2:25am
I used this one but when i enter the number as '2-2-', it return 2 which is illegal. So it is not useful for me. Any suggestions for this.
Jochen Arndt 4-Mar-13 3:10am
Use strtol() and check which character stops the conversion:
char *pStop;
long n = strtol(buffer, &pStop, 10);
if (*pStop != '\0')
printf("%s is not a valid number\n", buffer);
du[DE] 4-Mar-13 3:41am
The question is, what is your approach: to get the number contained in a string or to parse the string by finding out whether it is correct number.
For the 1. approach take atoi or strtol like Jochen has written.
For the 2. one you can parse the string using regular expressions for example ...
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Solution 3

These are standard template solutions:

#include <string>
#include <sstream>
#include <stdexcept>
// Checks if a std::string can be converted to a type T.
template <typename T> bool Is(const std::string& s)
    T value;
    std::istringstream is(s);
    is >> value;
    if(!(is && (is >> std::ws).eof()))
        return false;
    return true;

// Converts a std::string into a type T.
// (A std::invalid_argument exception is thrown if the conversion is not possible).
template <typename t=""> const T To(const std::string& s)
    T value;
    std::istringstream is(s);
    is >> value;
    if(!(is && (is >> std::ws).eof()))
        throw std::invalid_argument("Function: To<t>. Unallowed conversion.");
    return value;

No restrictions are done, so you should apply restrictions after conversion.
I am afraid this does not work with strange inputs as you have pointed out. (Works with "-00" but not with the others).

I hope this sheds some light.

Best regards!
David Serrano Martínez 4-Mar-13 6:46am
Where it reads t="", it must read T. Unable (twice) to write a well formatted answer :-(
Delete and other possible garbage.

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