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Writing to File from Several Functions.

Writing to File from Several Functions.

Question:
The code below creates a file, Basket.doc, in the current directory.

I am using a compiler with a component I would like to place in fWrite() to let me vary the entire path and file name (i.e. outName). The trouble is I want outSide to be valid from fFinish(), too.Do I need a global variable or a pointer of some kind?

char outName[] = "Basket.doc";ofstream outSide(outName);void fWrite() {   outSide << "This is a test." <<  endl;}void fFinish(){   outSide.close();}int main(){   fWrite();   fFinish();}

Answer:
You certainly don't need a global variable here. Simply pass a reference to ofstream to your functions and have them access that reference:

void fWrite(ofstream & outSide) {   outSide <<  "This is a test." <<  endl;}void fFinish(ofstream & outSide){   outSide.close();}

You will need to change main() as well: create the outSide object inside main(), and pass it the the invoked functions, as follows:

int main(){   outName[] = "Basket.doc"; ofstream outSide(outName); fWrite(outSide); fFinish(outSide);}

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