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A powerful function parser

, 22 Feb 2000
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A simple yet powerful function parser that parses and evaluates standard mathematical functions
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  • The inspiration to write this code was to have an easy-to-use parser for functions given as string. You have a string like "cos(x)-7*x/(1+x)", and you want to compute some values, maybe for displaying the graph of the function. You can write code like this:

    CFunction<long double>* fkt = CFunction<long double>::Parse("cos(x)-7*x/(1+x)");
    long double y = fkt->Execute(1.5);

    There are lots of definitions in the background, but the result is easy and fast! There is a one-time pasing step to construct the function tree, and function evaluations are only calls of standard math functions like sin, +, *, sqrt. When you want to know details about the implementaion, you should look into the source code. It would be too complex to describe the parsing algorithm here.


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    Andreas Jäger
    Web Developer
    Germany Germany
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    GeneralMFC compile Pin
    Luke Murphey6-Jul-02 10:28
    memberLuke Murphey6-Jul-02 10:28 
    I am working on a port of UNIX Xspread to windows. I am attempting to integrate this code into my MFC application, however, I cannot get it to compile. Below is the code snippet intended to get the result:

    CString Expression;

    //Call the math parser, get the function result and set the cell value to the result
    CFunction<long double>* bob = CFunction<long double>::Parse(m_strText);
    Expression = bob->GetName();

    Note: when I post this message to this site, the template prefix argument keeps disappearing (strange). CFunction has a template argument of long double (so does the scope for the call to Parse). This is OK in my application.

    Here is the errors:

    C:\My Documents\MyProjects\Xspread32\xspread32\Grid_src\GridCell.cpp(212) : error C2065: 'CFunction' : undeclared identifier
    C:\My Documents\MyProjects\Xspread32\xspread32\Grid_src\GridCell.cpp(212) : error C2062: type 'long double' unexpected
    C:\My Documents\MyProjects\Xspread32\xspread32\Grid_src\GridCell.cpp(212) : error C2039: 'Parse' : is not a member of '`global namespace''
    C:\My Documents\MyProjects\Xspread32\xspread32\Grid_src\GridCell.cpp(213) : error C2065: 'bob' : undeclared identifier
    C:\My Documents\MyProjects\Xspread32\xspread32\Grid_src\GridCell.cpp(213) : error C2227: left of '->GetName' must point to class/struct/union

    I did include the header files, and the IDE does display that the object "func" is a CFunction object (i.e. when you hover the cursor over the object name in MVC++ 6). I just can't make a connnection between my code and this math parser. I downloaded the command line code and it compiles with no problems. I created a new MFC project and tried to integrate the parser in the same manner as the console code that worked & I got the same errors. I am relatively new to MFC (not new to C++ however) and I could use any help I can get.

    GeneralRe: MFC compile Pin
    lLukeMurphey8-Jul-02 7:56
    memberlLukeMurphey8-Jul-02 7:56 

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