user3750888 user3750888 - 1 year ago 141
C++ Question

What does "on the Heap" mean?

I have to code the answer to this question for a programming class:

Create an array of 20 test scores between 10 & 90 on the Heap using a Random Number generator to populate the array and for testing your program.

I can do all of that except I don't know what "on the Heap" means. I understand it has something to do with memory, but I'm not sure what it is exactly. I've come up with this solution:

#include "stdafx.h"
#include <iostream>
using namespace std;

void main()
int scores[20] = {};
for (int i = 0; i < 20; i++) {
scores[i] = rand() % 80 + 10;
for (int i = 0; i < 20; i++) {
cout << scores[i] << " ";
if ((i+1) % 5 == 0) {
cout << "\n";

This section of the class is about pointers, and I didn't really use any pointer variables (like
int *score = scores
), so that makes me second guess myself.

Answer Source

The heap is the memory used for dynamic allocation of memory by new and delete.

So you should be using:

int *scores = new int[20]

instead of

int scores[20];

And at the end of the program you should release the memory with:

delete[] scores;