Week 2 Discussion

Written by John Pham

Lesson Plan

We will be covering new ways to access the input and output stream this week

Standard Input and Output (Using a keyboard)

  • #include <iostream> to do standard input and output operations
  • Standard Output
    • cout is an ostream object that allows you to use <<, the insertion operator
  • Standard Input

    • cin is an istream object that allows you to use >>, the extraction operation

      • cin will only fetch “words” from the buffer. It will stop at whitespaces and newlines.

        • string userInput;
          cin >> userInput;
          // user types in "hello world"
          // only "hello" is stored in userInput
    • getline() is a function that reads a “line of words” from the buffer

      • string userInput;
        getline(cin, userInput);
        //user types in "hello world"
        // "hello world" gets stored in userInput

File Input and Output

We can also use files as input for our programs and write to files rather than to the screen. We can accomplish this by using file streams.

  • #include<fstream> to do file input and output operations
  • File Input
    • You need to instanstiate a ifstream object
      • ifstream inputFileStream;
    • To open a file, you will use the open() method
      • inputFileStream.open("myTextFile.txt")
    • You can check if the file opened properly by using the is_open() method
      • if (inputFileStream.is_open()) {
          cout << "File opened successfully!" << endl;
        else {
          cout << "File failed to open" << endl;
    • Once you have a file open, you can read from the from by using the extraction operator
      • inputFileStream >> myVar
    • When you’re done reading from a file, it’s good practice to close the stream by using the close() method
      • inputFileStream.close()
  • File Output
    • You need to instanstiate a ofstream object
      • ofstream outputFileStream
    • You can then create a new file by using the open() method
      • outputFileStream.open("output.txt");
    • You can check if the file was created using the is_open() method
      • outputFileStream.is_open() ? cout << "File opened" : "File failed to open";
    • You can write to the file using the insertion operator
      • outputFileStream « “This text will be written to the file” « endl;


  1. Write a function that swaps the values in 2 variables
  2. Write a function that reverses a string
  3. Write a function that reverses a vector