Storage Classes And Types

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Associating identifiers with objects requires each identifier to have at least two attributes: storage class and type (sometimes referred to as data type). The C++ compiler deduces these attributes from implicit or explicit declarations in the source code.

Storage class dictates the location of the object and its duration or lifetime (the entire running time of the program, or during execution of some blocks of code). Storage class can be established by the syntax of the declaration, by its placement in the source code, or by both of these factors.

The type determines how much memory is allocated to an object and how the program will interpret the bit patterns found in the object's storage allocation. A given data type can be viewed as the set of values (often implementation-dependent) that identifiers of that type can assume, together with the set of operations allowed on those values. The compile-time operator, sizeof, lets you determine the size in bytes of any standard or user-defined type. See sizeof for more on this operator.

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