c++ interview questions on functors, namespace, and using

(Last Updated On: May 12, 2010)

c++ interview questions on functors, namespace, and using

Namespace:

What problem does the namespace feature solve?
Multiple providers of libraries might use common global identifiers causing a name collision when an application tries to link with two or more such libraries. The namespace feature surrounds a library’s external declarations with a unique namespace that eliminates the potential for those collisions.
namespace [identifier] { namespace-body }
A namespace declaration identifies and assigns a name to a declarative region.
The identifier in a namespace declaration must be unique in the declarative region in which it is used. The identifier is the name of the namespace and is used to reference its members.
What is the use of ‘using’ declaration?
A using declaration makes it possible to use a name from a namespace without the scope operator.
What is an Iterator class?
A class that is used to traverse through the objects maintained by a container class. There are five categories of iterators: input iterators, output iterators, forward iterators, bidirectional iterators, random access. An iterator is an entity that gives access to the contents of a container object without violating encapsulation constraints. Access to the contents is granted on a one-at-a-time basis in order. The order can be storage order (as in lists and queues) or some arbitrary order (as in array indices) or according to some ordering relation (as in an ordered binary tree). The iterator is a construct, which provides an interface that, when called, yields either the next element in the container, or some value denoting the fact that there are no more elements to examine. Iterators hide the details of access to and update of the elements of a container class. Something like a pointer.

Functor:
What is a functor?
Functor means function pointers. The pointer variable that holds the address of some function.
Syntax for declaring a functor is:

return_type (* nameofFunctor)(parameter_type1, 2, 3, ……);

It means nameofFunctor is a functor that can point to functions taking parameter_type1, 2, 3, ….. and returning return_type

Functors are functions with a state. In C++ you can realize them as a class with one or more private members to store the state and with an overloaded operator () to execute the function.

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