Originally Posted by GregBrannon
My intentions were certainly not meant to criticize or judge the other replies. As i said, the raw array style is solid and valid in every way. I was trying to bring discussion about the best solution in good spirits and with constructive manner. My apologies for not knowing the proper ways of ways these forums quite yet. I will try to be more considerate in the future.
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Originally Posted by Norm
That is certainly the way i was brought up, but my opinion on the matter differs a bit. I think ( and as i stated, this is only my -probably quite uneducated- opinion on the matter) it would be worth considering to teach people to think and conceptualize OO-way first, and later learn the actual groundwork of iterating through arrays, pointer math, recursive silliness and all that. The IDEs and tools have developed to the point where kids can make software with drag'n'dropping blocks of logic to a diagram and don't have to worry about array sizes and casting errors directly. So it maybe makes sense to get people to think the "right way" first before using time to fiddle with the details. But maybe this is a discussion for another topic
All in all, your answer definitely answered to the OP's question more directly than mine.