Computer Science : Method Declarations

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Method Declarations

#include <iostream>

#include <string>

using namespace std;


int main() {

string name;

cout << "Tell me your name: "<<endl;

getline(cin, name);



return 0;



void sayHello(string nameToGreet){

cout << "Hello, " << nameToGreet << "!"<< endl;


Why would the above program fail?

Possible Answers:

sayHello should not be of type void.

sayHello doesn't exist at the point it is called.

name is not the right type.

nameToGreet was never defined.

There is no problem.

Correct answer:

sayHello doesn't exist at the point it is called.


The compiler will read the program from top to bottom, and by the time it gets to the function call for sayHello in main, it will have no clue what sayHello is. Therefore an exception will be raised. To circumvent this issue, define sayHello before main, OR provide a function prototype before main to make the compiler aware of the appropriate signature for the sayHello function.

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