Constructing Output Stream Objects
If you use only the predefined cout, cerr, or clog objects, you do not need to construct an output stream. You must use constructors for:
You can construct an output file stream in one of two ways:
Use the default constructor, and then call the open member function.
ofstream myFile; // Static or on the stack myFile.open( "filename" ); ofstream* pmyFile = new ofstream; // On the heap pmyFile->open( "filename" );
Specify a filename and mode flags in the constructor call.
ofstream myFile( "filename", ios_base::out);
To construct an output string stream, you can use one of two ostrstream constructors. One dynamically allocates its own storage, and the other requires the address and size of a preallocated buffer.
The dynamic constructor is used in the following way:
char* sp; ostrstream myString; mystring << "this is a test" << ends; sp = myString.str(); // Get a pointer to the string
The ends "manipulator" adds the necessary terminating null character to the string.
The constructor that requires the preallocated buffer is used in the following way:
char s; ostrstream myString( s, sizeof( s ) ); myString << "this is a test" << ends; // Text stored in s