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Programming techniques

Programming Techniques

File Input and Output

Opening and closing files
Opening and Closing Files

  • Input file stream objects declared to be of type ifstream

  • Output file stream objects declared to be of type ofstream

  • Declares input file stream object named inFile to be object of ifstream class:


  • Declares output file stream object named outFile to be object of ofstream class:


Opening and closing files1
Opening and Closing Files

  • File stream is accessed by its stream object name: one for reading and one writing.

  • File stream objects must be created and declared in similar manner as variables.

  • ifstream (input) and ofstream (output) class made available by including fstream header file.

Opening and closing files2
Opening and Closing Files

  • open() method connect file’s external name to its internal object stream name, only one argument required: external filename.

  • Connects external text file named data.txt to internal file stream object named outFile:“data.txt”);

  • Data files stored in separate folders, full path name:“c:\\datafiles\\data.txt”);

  • Two slashes separate folder names and filenames.

Opening and closing files3
Opening and Closing Files

  • When using fstream class’s open() method, two arguments required: file’s external name and mode indicator.

Opening and closing files4
Opening and Closing Files

  • fail() method returns true if file opened unsuccessfully (true the open failed):

    if (


    // Do whatever.


  • A file is closed by using close() method.

  • close() method takes no argument.

Writing to files
Writing to Files

  • fstream file object opened in append mode means existing file is available for data to be added to the end of the file.

  • If file doesn’t exist, new file with the designated name is created and made available to receive output from the program.

  • For writing to a file, the cout object is replaced by the ofstream object name declared in the program.

Writing to files3
Writing to Files

  • Open the weather.txt file in any text editor to confirm that the data was written.

Writing to binary files
Writing to Binary Files

  • All C++ compilers provide two general-purpose functions for generating random numbers:

    • rand()

      • produces series of random numbers in the range 0  rand()  RAND_MAX, the constant RAND_MAX defined in the cstdlib header file.

    • srand()

      • supplies a starting “seed” value for rand()

  • If srand() or another seeding technique isn’t used, rand() always produces the same series of random numbers.

Writing to binary files1
Writing to Binary Files

  • Argument to srand() function is a call to time() function with NULLargument.

  • With this argument, time() function reads computer’s internal clock time in seconds.

  • srand() function then uses this time, converted to an unsigned int, to initialize the rand() function, which generates random numbers.

Writing to binary files2
Writing to Binary Files

  • This application wants to limit the range of random numbers to be less than 100.

  • The easiest way to accomplish this is to use the remainder of dividing a random number by 100.

  • So if a random number is 32,767, the remainder of dividing that by 100 would be 67.

  • If the number is 22,584, its modulus would be 84.

Writing to binary files5
Writing to Binary Files

  • Because the file will store binary data, not plain text, you don’t want to use the .txt extension.

  • You can either omit the extension entirely or use .dat (a three-letter extension representing data).

  • Within the loop, each element is assigned a random value between 0 and 99.

Writing to binary files6
Writing to Binary Files

  • Often you need to write data other than characters.

  • Use reinterpret_cast operator that can cast any pointer type to another pointer type of unrelated classes.

  • It simply performs binary copy of the value from one type to the other without altering the data.

Writing to binary files7
Writing to Binary Files

  • Syntax of using reinterpret_cast operator:


  • address is the starting address of the data (primitive, array of object) and dataType is the data type you are casting to.

  • In this case for binary I/O, it is char*.

Reading from binary files
Reading from Binary Files

  • The syntax for read function is* address, int size)

  • size parameter indicates the maximum number of bytes read.