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Compaq C++

Compaq C++

Class Library Reference Manual

Order Number: AA-PY3EB-TK

June 2000

This document describes a library of C++ classes.

Revision/Update Information: This is a revised manual.

Software Version: C++ Version 5.3 or later
C++ Class Library Version 4.0

Compaq Computer Corporation
Houston, Texas

First Printing, September 1992
Third Revision, June 2000

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Contents Index


This manual describes the library of classes supplied with C++ Version 5.6 for OpenVMS systems. It contains detailed information on members of these classes (including member functions) and information on other associated functions, variables, and macros.

Intended Audience

This manual is intended for experienced programmers who have a basic understanding of the C++ language, and who are using C++ with the OpenVMS operating system in either a single or multiple platform environment. Some familiarity with the operating system is assumed.

Document Structure

This manual consists of an introductory chapter and 10 chapters describing each of the packages of predefined classes supplied with the C++ compiler.

Associated Documents

The following documents contain information related to this manual:

  • Using Compaq C++ for OpenVMS VAX
    This manual supplies information needed to use Compaq C++ on OpenVMS systems.
  • Stroustrup, Bjarne. Stroustrup, The C++ Programming Language, 3rd Edition, Addison-Wesley, 1997. Reading, Massachusetts. Addison-Wesley, 1997.
    This text combines a user guide and language reference manual.
  • Stroustrup, Bjarne and Margaret Ellis. The Annotated C++ Reference Manual. Reading, Massachusetts. Addison-Wesley, 1990.
    This text contains the current language definition of C++.
  • C Run-Time Library Reference Manual for OpenVMS Systems
    This manual describes C run-time library routines that are supported for C++.
  • Compaq C++ Installation Guide for OpenVMS VAX
    This guide supplies information needed to ensure that the C++ Class Library installs correctly on OpenVMS systems and is accessible to the C++ compiler.


Table 1 lists the conventions used in this manual.

Table 1 Conventions Used in this Manual
Conventions Meaning
class complex {
A vertical ellipsis indicates that some intervening program code or output is not shown. Only the more pertinent material is shown in the example.
,... A horizontal ellipsis in a syntax description indicates that you can enter additional parameters, options, or values. A comma preceding the ellipsis indicates that successive items must be separated by commas.
The complex class...
The get() function...
Monospaced type denotes the names of C++ language elements, and also the names of classes, members, and nonmembers. Monospaced type is also used in text to reference code elements displayed in examples.
italic Italic type denotes the names of variables that appear as parameters or in arguments to functions.
boldface Boldface type in text indicates the first instance of terms defined in text.

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