Monday, November 28, 2005

Unions in C

Stolen from GOTW

Unions allow more than one object, of either class or builtin type, to occupy the same space in memory. For example:

// Example 1
union U
int i;
float f;

U u;

u.i = 42; // ok, now i is active
std::cout << u.i << std::endl;

u.f = 3.14f; // ok, now f is active
std::cout <<>

But only one of the types can be "active" at a time -- after all, the storage can after all only hold one value at a time. Also, unions only support some kinds of types, which leads us into the next question:

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