Identifiers, reserved words, literals, escape sequences
- 1. What appointment of identifiers in C++? The rules of creating the identifiers.
- 2. What elements of C++ cannot be used as an identifier?
- 3. What are the literals in C++?
- 4. In what way the compiler recognizes the integer literals?
- 5. In what case the compiler recognizes the floating point literals?
- 6. How are presented the hexadecimal and octal literals?
- 7. What is the purpose of escape sequences?
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1. What appointment of identifiers in C++? The rules of creating the identifiers.
The identifier is the same name, that is assignment by user for variable, constant, function, own type or other object. Identifiers can consist of one or more characters. Variable names must begin from a letter or underscore. In C++, uppercase and lowercase characters are treated as different characters (unlike Pascal and other languages).
Examples of identifiers:
x max Delta my_method w23x5
2. What elements of C ++ cannot be used as an identifier?
In C++ cannot be used as identifiers the keywords.
Keyword list in C ++:
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3. What are the literals in C++?
Literals – it is the fixed values (constants), that cannot be changed by program when executing. Literals (constants) can be any of base types. The way of representation each constant depends on it’s type.
Examples of literals:
23 -8.45 's' L'A' 12.345F 4.3e-8 4.3E-8 1300L
4. In what way the compiler recognizes the integer literals?
The C++ compiler tries independently to define the type of literal by it’s value.
For example, in 16-bit environment:
- number 23 is linked with int type;
- number 300929 is linked with long int type.
If you need to set the value of long int type compulsorily, then you need to add the suffix ‘L‘ or ‘l‘. For example:
If you need to set the value of literal as unsigned (by using prefix ‘unsigned‘), then you need add suffix ‘U‘ or ‘u‘. For example:
1500u // the "unsigned long int" type 1500U // unsigned int 1500u // unsigned int 1500ul // unsigned long int 1500UL // unsigned long int
5. In what case the compiler recognizes the floating point literals?
By default, all floating point constants are the double type. If you need set the “float” type, then you need add the suffix ‘f‘ of ‘F’. If you need set the “long double” type, then it is needed add suffix ‘L’ of ‘l’. For example:
9000.0009f // float 8888.777F // float 111.222 // double 0.33L // long double -56785757574.33l // long double
6. How are presented the hexadecimal and octal literals?
Sometimes it is expedient to use hexadecimal or octal notation instead the decimal notation. Literals in hexadecimal or octal notation are used only for integers.
In the octal notation are used the numbers from ‘0‘ to ‘7‘. In the hexadecimal notation are used the numbers from ‘0‘ to ‘9‘ and letters from ‘A‘ to ‘F‘.
Octal literals are begun from the prefix ‘0‘.
Hexadecimal literals are begun from the prefix ‘0x‘ or ‘0X‘. For example:
010 // Number 10 in the octal notation 055 // octal notation 0x10 // hexadecimal notation 0XAFD // hexadecimal notation
7. What is the purpose of escape sequences?
Programming languages include the several constants, that you cannot type from keyboard in the program source. For example, the carriage return character.
Moreover, some symbols, such as single or double quotes, have the special assignment. Therefore, you cannot type their directly.
To avoid this problem, in the C++ (and other languages) are entered the escape sequences. These sequences replace the characters, that have the special appointment or characters, that you cannot type from keyboard directly.
The escape sequences in C++:
\b - backspace \f - move the cursor to the beginning of next page \n - new line \r - carriage return \t - horizontal tabulation \" - double quote \' - single quote \\ - backslash \v - vertical tabulation \a - sound signal \? - question mark \N - octal constant \x - hexadecimal constant
Example of definition the variable, that takes the symbol of escape sequence.
char c1, c2; c1 = '\\'; // backslash c2 = '\"'; // double quote c1 = '\23'; // the number 23 in the octal numeral system c2 = '\x5F'; // the number 5F in the hexadecimal numeral system
- Based types in C++ (Visual C++)
- The concept of variable. Declaration of variable. Memory allocation for variables. Constants
- The concept of expression. Assignment operation. Converting and casting of types