writing an object to a file in cpp


I am trying to write the contents of an object into a file. This is my code

void Write_data_intoFile(Customer c1) { ofstream fout("cust_details.txt", ios::out | ios::app); fout.write(reinterpret_cast<char*> (&c1),sizeof c1); fout.close(); }

This is how i call the function

c[ Customer_count ].Write_data_intoFile(c[ Customer_count ]);

The program works fine, but the contents are not written in the file. It shows a red colour mark saying it cannot open the file. How to solve this

class Customer { char name[25]; int id; }

I created the objects, globally, by

Customer c[20];

I am trying to write it in a text format


OK, first you need to write a function for text I/O of Customer. Traditionally that function is called operator<<. So you need something like this

ostream& operator<<(ostream& out, const Customer& c) { return out << c.name << ' ' << c.id << '\n'; }

Maybe (it's hard to be sure) you need to declare this function as a friend of your Customer class, if you get errors about access or private then you probably need to add this line

friend ostream& operator<<(ostream& out, const Customer& c);

inside your Customer class.

Then you need to call this function from inside your other function, like this

void Write_data_intoFile(Customer c1) { ofstream fout("cust_details.txt", ios::out | ios::app); fout << c1; fout.close(); }

Then you really need to read a good book on C++, it's hard to get this stuff right otherwise. Any problems post again.


Instead of reinventing the wheel in a potentially dangerous way <a href="http://www.boost.org/doc/libs/1_47_0/libs/serialization/doc/index.html" rel="nofollow">Boost.Serialization</a> can solve this for you, hiding the dirty details.


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