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  • Ali BaderEddin 10:52 am on May 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 3d, array, jagged, Multi-dimensional, Multidimensional Array   

    Dynamic Three Dimensional Arrays in C\C++\C#\Java 


    If you come from a Java or C# perspective and want to create a multi-dimensional array in C or C++, you’ll soon figure out that multi-dimensional array allocation in C\C++ is not as simple, plus you’ll have to worry about deallocation since there is no garbage collector to do the work for you. Below I’ll show four different sample codes showing how to work with a three dimensional array in Java, C#, C++ and C, respectively.

    Java 3D Array

    In Java, creating a 3-dimensional array is as simple as saying

    int[][][] array3D = new int[x][y][z];

    You can then access the elements of the 3-dimensional array at array3D[i][j][k].

    Sample Code

    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        //  Array 3 Dimensions
        int x = 4, y = 5, z = 6;
    
        //  Array Iterators
        int i, j, k;
    
        //  Allocate 3D Array
        int[][][] array3D = new int[x][y][z];
    
        //  Access array elements
        for (i = 0; i < x; i++)
        {
            System.out.println(i);
    
            for (j = 0; j < y; j++)
            {
                System.out.println();
    
                for (k = 0; k < z; k++)
                {
                    array3D[i][j][k] = (i * y * z) + (j * z) + k;
                    System.out.print("\t" + array3D[i][j][k]);
                }
            }
    
            System.out.println('\n');
        }
    }

    C# 3D Array

    In C#, the concept is almost the same as in Java. However, C# makes the distinction between jagged and multi-dimensional arrays. Elements of a multi-dimensional array are stored in a contiguous block in memory while elements of a jagged array are not. Java arrays are actually jagged arrays, while C# supports both and allows you to choose which one you want based on the syntax of your code. Note that multi-dimensional arrays are better (in most cases) than jagged arrays, and that is considered a minus point for Java.

    Using jagged arrays in C# is not as simple as in Java. It’s almost like the way we would implement it in C++.

    int[][] jaggedArray = new int[2][];
    jaggedArray[0] = new int[4];
    jaggedArray[1] = new int[3];

    However, multi-dimensional arrays in C# are very simply to use. You can create a 3 dimensional array as follows

    int[,,] array3D = new int[x, y, z];

    then access its elements at array3D[i][j][k].

    Sample Code

    static void Main(string[] args)
    {
        //  Array 3 Dimensions
        int x = 4, y = 5, z = 6;
    
        //  Array Iterators
        int i, j, k;
    
        //  Allocate 3D Array
        int[,,] array3D = new int[x, y, z];
    
        //  Access array elements
        for (i = 0; i < x; i++)
        {
            Console.WriteLine(i);
    
            for (j = 0; j < y; j++)
            {
                Console.WriteLine();
    
                for (k = 0; k < z; k++)
                {
                    array3D[i, j, k] = (i * y * z) + (j * z) + k;
                    Console.Write("\t{0}", array3D[i, j, k]);
                }
            }
    
            Console.WriteLine('\n');
        }
    }

    C++ 3D Array

    To create a multi-dimensional array in C++, we should change perspective a little bit and think of creating arrays that point to other arrays, which point to other arrays, and so on. For example, to create a 2x3x4 array in C++, we should imagine the implementation as follows:

    For simplicity, we are doing the jagged implementation of the multi-dimensional array (address of array3d[0][1][0] is not directly after array3d[0][0][3] in memory representation above). In the next section, we will implement it in C the contiguous way. To allocate a jagged 2D array in C++, one can write the following (compare to C# jagged above):

    int** jaggedArray = new int*[2];
    jaggedArray[0] = new int[4];
    jaggedArray[1] = new int[3];

    The elements can be accessed as usual: jaggedArray[i][j]. The extra work we have to do in C++ is to explicitly deallocate the array.

    delete[] jaggedArray[0];
    delete[] jaggedArray[1];
    delete[] jaggedArray;

    See the code sample below to understand how we allocate and deallocate a 3 dimensional array in C++.

    Sample Code

    #include <iostream>
    
    using namespace std;
    
    void main()
    {
        //  Array 3 Dimensions
        int x = 4, y = 5, z = 6;
    
        //  Array Iterators
        int i, j, k;
    
        //  Allocate 3D Array
        int ***array3D = new int**[x];
    
        for(i = 0; i < x; i++)
        {
            array3D[i] = new int*[y];
    
            for(j = 0; j < y; j++)
            {
                array3D[i][j] = new int[z];
            }
        }
    
        //  Access array elements
        for(i = 0; i < x; i++)
        {
            cout << i << endl;
    
            for(j = 0; j < y; j++)
            {
                cout << endl;
    
                for(k = 0; k < z; k++)
                {
                    array3D[i][j][k] = (i * y * z) + (j * z) + k;
                    cout << '\t' << array3D[i][j][k];
                }
            }
    
            cout << endl << endl;
        }
    
        //  Deallocate 3D array
        for(i = 0; i < x; i++)
        {
            for(j = 0; j < y; j++)
            {
                delete[] array3D[i][j];
            }
    
            delete[] array3D[i];
        }
        delete[] array3D;
    }

    C 3D Array

    Implementing multi-dimensional arrays in C is very similar to C++, except that we use malloc()\free()  stdlib methods instead of the new\delete keywords. The memory representation below is the same, but we are going to focus in this section on making the elements of the 3 dimensional array contiguous.

    To do so, we start by allocating space for all array elements in one call to malloc.

    int *allElements = malloc(x * y * z * sizeof(int));

    Next, we create the arrays of pointers, and point to the contiguous elements we’ve already allocated.

    int ***array3D = malloc(x * sizeof(int **));
    for(i = 0; i < x; i++)
    {
        array3D[i] = malloc(y * sizeof(int *));
    
        for(j = 0; j < y; j++)
        {
            array3D[i][j] = allElements + (i * y * z) + (j * z);
        }
    }

    Note that if we wanted the same jagged implementation as in the C++ example above, we could ignore the allocation of allElements and change the line of code array3D[i][j] = allElements + (i * y * z) + (j * z); to array3D[i][j] = malloc(z * sizeof(int)). Below is a sample code for allocating, accessing and deallocating a 3 dimensional array in C.

    #include <stdio.h>
    #include <stdlib.h>
    
    void main()
    {
        //  Array 3 Dimensions
        int x = 4, y = 5, z = 6;
    
        //  Array Iterators
        int i, j, k;
    
        //  Allocate 3D Array
        int *allElements = malloc(x * y * z * sizeof(int));
        int ***array3D = malloc(x * sizeof(int **));
    
        for(i = 0; i < x; i++)
        {
            array3D[i] = malloc(y * sizeof(int *));
    
            for(j = 0; j < y; j++)
            {
                array3D[i][j] = allElements + (i * y * z) + (j * z);
            }
        }
    
        //  Access array elements
        for(i = 0; i < x; i++)
        {
            printf("%d\n", i);
    
            for(j = 0; j < y; j++)
            {
                printf("\n");
    
                for(k = 0; k < z; k++)
                {
                    array3D[i][j][k] = (i * y * z) + (j * z) + k;
                    printf("\t%d", array3D[i][j][k]);
                }
            }
    
            printf("\n\n");
        }
    
        //  Deallocate 3D array
        free(allElements);
        for(i = 0; i < x; i++)
        {
            free(array3D[i]);
        }
        free (array3D);
    }

    Source Code

    Full source code for the above 4 samples is available here.

     
    • ashish 5:48 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      #include
      #include

      void main()
      {
      // Array 3 Dimensions
      int x = 4, y = 5, z = 6;

      // Array Iterators
      int i, j, k;

      // Allocate 3D Array
      int *allElements = malloc(x * y * z * sizeof(int));
      int ***array3D = malloc(x * sizeof(int **));

      for(i = 0; i < x; i++)
      {
      array3D[i] = malloc(y * sizeof(int *));

      for(j = 0; j < y; j++)
      {
      array3D[i][j] = allElements + (i * y * z) + (j * z);
      }
      }

      // Access array elements
      for(i = 0; i < x; i++)
      {
      printf("%d\n", i);

      for(j = 0; j < y; j++)
      {
      printf("\n");

      for(k = 0; k < z; k++)
      {
      array3D[i][j][k] = (i * y * z) + (j * z) + k;
      printf("\t%d", array3D[i][j][k]);
      }
      }

      printf("\n\n");
      }

      // Deallocate 3D array
      free(allElements);
      for(i = 0; i < x; i++)
      {
      free(array3D[i]);
      }
      free (array3D);
      }

      """""how this aryya program exeute this not working

    • Ali BaderEddin 8:11 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What exactly is not working?

    • chetna 2:00 am on November 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      plz given me program for three dimensional array

    • Addaboi 5:13 pm on March 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. This worked great.

    • Phil 9:08 am on July 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Doesn’t work… I get a segmentation fault :(

      • Phil 12:47 pm on July 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I rescind that previous comment.. kind of
        It did not work when I placed the allocation code in a separate function (I was passing a pointer int*** to the function but things weren’t working.. this is likely because I have not developed in C for quite awhile and am a little rusty).

        The code did however work when I returned a pointer (int***) from the function back to main.

    • williamholdin 11:43 pm on April 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      More about multidimensional array Multi dimensional array

      william

  • Ali BaderEddin 8:02 am on June 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: barcode, barcoding, Java, UPC, UPC-A   

    Java UPC-A Barcode Generator 


    Almost every item we buy or own has a barcode printed on it. We see those barcodes every day, but still we don’t understand what they really mean or how to generate them. That’s why I’ve created an article on Code Project that explains what barcoding is and details the design and implementation of a Java program that generates a barcode label from a given UPC code.

    UPC-A Barcode Generator

    Enjoy!
    Ali B

     
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