Archie Gertsman Archie Gertsman - 1 month ago 13
C++ Question

SDL: Making Static Text Variables

I am making Minesweeper using SDL and thus I have to use text to label each tile with a number representing how many mines are around that tile. I'll be using the numbers 1-4 for now, and the way each number is displayed is constant, as each number always has the same text, font, size, and color. The color differs among each of the numbers 1-4, but the number 1, for example, will always be blue, and the number 2 will always be green. I would like to have a static variable for each of the numbers 1-4, so that I can easily set the value of a tile. Here is what I have done:

std::map<std::string, Text> Text::numbers; // statically defined

Text::Text(...) {

void Text::initNumbers() {
numbers["1"] = Text("res/arial.ttf", 20, "1", { 0, 0, 255, 255 });
numbers["2"] = Text("res/arial.ttf", 20, "2", { 0, 255, 0, 255 });
numbers["3"] = Text("res/arial.ttf", 20, "3", { 255, 0, 0, 255 });
numbers["4"] = Text("res/arial.ttf", 20, "4", { 0, 0, 150, 255 });

class is just for making text and putting it on the screen. Anyway, I have made an
which I can access as follows:
and that will a return a Text object which will display as the number 2 in this case. I initialize the map by calling
in the constructor of the

In the tile class, there is a member variable
Text number
, which is used to display the number (1-4) of mines that are around that tile object. When I initialize it to
, for example, the number doesn't get displayed onto the screen. When I manually initialize it to
Text("res/arial.ttf", 20, "2", { 0, 255, 0, 255 })
, the number does get displayed.

I can't figure out what the problem is or how to fix this. Maybe it has to do with when
gets called; i.e. it gets called after
std::map<...> numbers
gets initialized (which would be bad because the text needs to be initialized after the library gets initialized). Although I essentially call
in the beginning of
and I only start making tile objects afterwards. Any suggestions? Thanks.


initNumbers gets called when a Text object is constructed. If you never create a Text object that uses that constructor, your initialization of numbers will not occur.

Text::initNumbers should be called from elsewhere, alongside other application initialization code.