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Discussion Notes 7

Discussion Notes 7 - EME 5 Fall 2007 Discussion 7 Arrays...

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EME 5 Fall 2007 Discussion 7 Arrays, Pointers, and Strings A statement such as char s1[3]; means that an array is declared. Also, this array has 3 elements, and each element is of char type. We say s1 is a char array. Since every char variable takes 1 byte of memory, therefore, when such a statement is executed, there will be 3 bytes of memory allocated for the array s1 . Computer memory Variable name Memory address s1 100 101 102 For simplicity reason, the memory addresses are represented in decimal numbers. A statement such as printf(“%d”, &(s1[0])); prints out the memory address of the first element of array s1 . In this case, the statement prints 100 to the screen. It is equivalent to the statement printf(“%d”, s1); Thus, the name of an array represents the memory address of the first element of this array. Recall that a pointer is a variable that holds the address of a memory location. Therefore, the name of an array can

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be viewed as a pointer. This pointer holds the memory address of the array’s first element, in other words, it points to the array’s first element. A statement such as printf(“%c”, s1[0]); prints out the value of the first element of the array s1 in char format. Likewise, a statement such as printf(“%c”, s1[1]); prints out the value of the second element of the array s1 in char format. Obviously, s1[i] is a way to dereference the array s1 , or more precisely, it is a way to dereference the pointer s1 . Another way to dereference the pointer s1 is through the dereferencing operator * . Thus, the first statement in this paragraph is equivalent to the statement below. printf(“%c”, *(s1)); *(s1) means dereferencing the memory address that s1 holds.
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