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Simple manipulator for ostream for using printf style

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1 Mar 2008CPOL
A simple manipulator class for using printf style in ostream


Some people often wishes a "printf" style for using with the IO-Streams like the (w)stringstream class.

With some lines of code and the knowledge of manipulators, this is not a big deal. In this example I use the Unicode variant of the stringstream class. But with some changes it works also with the multibyte variants.

Using the code

Put the manipulator in your stream ;) Here I use the Unicode variant of the stringstream class.

wstringstream stream;
stream << L"All about this " << PrintF(L"%d", 20) << endl;

The Code

class PrintF
 ~PrintF(){ delete[] buf;}
    explicit PrintF(const WCHAR* fmt,...){
        va_list args;
        va_start(args, fmt);
        size_t len = _vscwprintf(fmt, args ) + 1;
        buf = new WCHAR[len+1];
        vswprintf_s( buf, len, fmt, args); 
    friend wostream&  operator <<(wostream &os, const PrintF &pf);
    WCHAR* buf;

inline wostream& 
operator <<(wostream &os, const PrintF &pf){ os << pf.buf; return os; }


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