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Set a char to empty

Anthony Smith
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Joined: Sep 10, 2001
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char t;
How come I cannot say t = '';
WHat are my alternatives?
Bear Bibeault
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char is a primitive type that contains a character value. Asking why it cannot be set to "empty" is like asking why an int can't be set to "empty".
The closest approximation is to set it to the null character a la:


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