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Question about string variables and "if else" statement

Question about string variables and "if else" statement

Question about string variables and "if else" statement

(OP)
OK- I just started my C++ class at school and found something interesting (BTW- I have NO prior experience with C++, just a little VB). We are using Borland C++ 3.1 also.

I cannot get an "if else" statement to process a string variable input by a user. No matter what is typed in, it seems to bypass the If statement and go directly to the "else" statement.

For example:

char name [20];

cout << "Enter Name:";
gets(name);

   if (name == "Scott")
   cout << "Correct";

   else
   cout << "Incorrect";


forgive me, I am doing this from memory, so my code may be a little off......but, what is the correct way to define a variable input by the user and then process that info??

RE: Question about string variables and "if else" statement

you MUST use strcmp

if( strcmp(name,"Scott") == 0)
{
   // true
}
else
{
  // false
}


strcmp is weird when you first use it as well.  strcmp returns zero when true <0 if argument 1 is less then argument 2 and >0 if 2 is greater then one

Matt

RE: Question about string variables and "if else" statement

try using strstr as well, strcmp will do it, but it is a little goofy in it's methods, I personally prefer strstr

if (strstr(name, scott))
{
     /* found the name... */
}
else
{
     /* didnt find the name */
}

Cyprus

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