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Updated date Oct 27, 2023
In this blog, we will explore multiple methods for converting a short data type to a string in C++, complete with programs, outputs, and detailed explanations.

Introduction:

In C++, dealing with different data types is a common aspect of programming. Sometimes, you might need to convert a short data type to a string for various reasons, such as displaying it, storing it in a file, or passing it to a function that expects a string parameter. In this blog, we will explore multiple methods to convert a short to a string in C++. 

Method 1: Using std::to_string()

The simplest way to convert a short to a string in C++ is by using the std::to_string() function. Let's take a look at the program:

#include <iostream>
#include <string>

int main() {
    // Method 1: Using std::to_string()
    short myShort = 42;
    std::string strShort = std::to_string(myShort);

    // Output
    std::cout << "Method 1 Output: " << strShort << std::endl;

    return 0;
}

Output:

Method 1 Output: 42
  • The std::to_string() function converts numeric values to their corresponding string representations.
  • Here, we declare a short variable myShort and initialize it with the value 42.
  • The std::to_string(myShort) converts the short variable to a std::string.
  • The resulting string is then printed to the console.

Method 2: Using Stringstream

Another approach involves using std::stringstream. This method allows for more complex string manipulations, and it's especially useful if you need to concatenate multiple values into a single string.

#include <iostream>
#include <sstream>

int main() {
    // Method 2: Using Stringstream
    short myShort = 42;
    std::stringstream ss;
    ss << myShort;
    std::string strShort = ss.str();

    // Output
    std::cout << "Method 2 Output: " << strShort << std::endl;

    return 0;
}

Output:

Method 2 Output: 42
  • We use a std::stringstream object (ss) to perform the conversion.
  • The << operator is used to insert the short value into the stringstream.
  • Finally, ss.str() is called to obtain the string representation of the short value.

Method 3: C++11 to_string() Function

In C++11 and later versions, the to_string() function can be directly applied to short values.

#include <iostream>

int main() {
    // Method 3: C++11 to_string() Function
    short myShort = 42;
    std::string strShort = std::to_string(myShort);

    // Output
    std::cout << "Method 3 Output: " << strShort << std::endl;

    return 0;
}

Output:

Method 3 Output: 42
  • C++11 introduced an overload of the std::to_string() function that allows direct conversion of short values to strings.
  • This method is concise and aligns with modern C++ standards.

Conclusion:

In this blog, we have explored three different methods for converting a short to a string in C++. The first method, using std::to_string(), is the shortest and is suitable for simple conversions. The second method, using std::stringstream, provides more flexibility and is useful when dealing with complex string manipulations. The third method, utilizing the C++11 overload of to_string(), is a concise and modern approach.

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