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Last week I was visited by a friend of mine, whose is studying Informatics at UASD. He was assigned a homework to be made in C/C++, about Linear Algebra.

I decided to help him, by showing how to implement the basic algorithms from H++. By the way, I found a bug in my compiler, so I was excited I had work to do with H++ this week. So I implemented the code using basic features of H++, until I would fix the bug in the H++ compiler. Then, I showed him my code that solved the homework.

When I fixed the bug, I re-wrote the code, and this is what I fixed in the code.

**Two-dimensional Arrays in H++**

The problem with two-dimensional arrays in H++, was caused because before the fix, you could only create functions with unknown fixed-length dimensions; now you must specify the array dimensions for two-dimensional arrays before doing any matrix computations; and example:

**before the fix:**

**public static void** CalcTrace(**double [][] M**, int rows, int cols);

**after the fix:**

**public static void** CalcTrace(**double [length-of-array][length-of-array] M**, int rows, int cols);

where length-of-array could be any integer (for now).

I did not realize that I had that bug, until I was exposed with these basic matrices’s algorithms; this is the fix:

Fix to the H++ Compiler

**Basic Matrices Algorithms**

The following algorithms are very easy to implement in any computer language, because they just iterate the matrix:

**Computing the Trace**

Show Matrices and Calc Trace

**Summing Two Matrices**

The **SumMatrices** function can sum or substract them; as you can depict, it’s very easy to implement it:

Sum of Two Matrices

**Multiplying Two Matrices: (mxn) (nxp) == mxp **

The matrix multiplication algorithm, is implemented this way in H++ (very similar to C/C++ or Java):

Multiply Two Matrices

**Computing the Traspose**

An easy algorithm is the Traspose of a matrix:

Traspose of Matrix

**The H++ Program that calls these basic functions**

The program first ask for the two matrices dimensions, before asking you what algorithm to apply to one isolated matrix, or both of them:

Main - Part I

Main - Part II

Main - Part III

Main - Part IV

**Compiling the H++ Program for this homework**

Now, for this fix, we have the beta build 2072 of H++ (a long time has passed since the last fix I found):

Compiling TestMatrices in H++

**Testing the compiled H++ Program**

Program Init

Main Menu

Computing The Matrix Trace

Computing Traspose of A

Multiply Matrices - Running

Multiplying Square Matrices

Summing Square Matrices

Summing Matrices 4x4 - Result

**A book recommendation on Matrix Computations**

If you wish to implement more algorithms on matrices, I recommend the book Matrix Computations by Gene H. Golub and Charles F. Van Loan:

Matrix Computations by Golub & Gene

See you in the next post!

This time, I decided to play with some problems I’ve found interesting to solve, from the programming perspective, using H++.

Before I come with the H++ code’s solution, I had to first find it mathematically with just pen and paper. First of all, the problem that I solved, can be found in the book : **Mathematics by Experiment**: Plausible Reasoning in the 21st Century by **Jonathan Borwein and David Bailey**.

This is one of the most easy problems you’ll find in this book. They have co-authored for about 3 to 4 books, and they have discovered a lot formulas for mathematical constants like pi, e, gamma and others.

**The book**

Mathematics by Experiments

This book requires a good set of tools like Maple, MATLAB and Mathematica, to solve most of the problems, because most of them are hard to solve by pen and paper most of the time.

I highly recommend this book, so go on and buy if your are serious about Mathematics by Experiments using Computers.

**The selected problem**

This time, I selected the problem 67, on page 333. This is it:

Problem 67 on Page 333

**The Scratchwork of the Problem**

In this paper, you can see, that it was not easy for me, because I found a lot of patterns in these matrices, that makes me spin around for a while; the I found the solution, and it was very easy to find, after all this scratch work, because I ran with all the possibilities before I find the real solution:

My ScratchWork on this problem

**The Solution on Paper**

And this is the algorithm that I deduced for this problem. It consists of two parts, the Recurrence Relation, and the Computer Algorithm:

My Solution to problem 67 on Page 333

**The Algorithm Implementation in H++**

My implementation in H++, was very easy, once I wrote it on paper. The only difference, is that in H++ as in C/C++ or C#, the arrays are 0-based. That means that in H++, all the arrays start from the subscript zero.

Here is the algorithm in H++ code:

The Solution Algorithm in H++

And, this is the code that renders the matrices in the sequence:

The code that renders the matrices

**The H++ application**

As in other occasions, the program has just a main function, where everything starts (the H++ entry point):

The H++ program that uses the algorithm

This program just create an instance of the MatrixSuccesion class, clear the screen, and ask for the number of matrices in the sequence that the user wish to render. Finally, you can repeat the test, for other number of matrices up to 16. This program can only handle correctly, up to 16. Up from 16, the integer data type starts to overflow, and the last matrices will contain some negative elements, which is not correct. So, I kept it to this limit, which I tested.

**The Compilation of ExpMath.hpp program**

This is the output of the compilation process:

The compilation of ExpMath.hpp program

**The Resultant Matrix Sequences**

This is first test, which I entered n = 7 (up to 7 matrices):

Results up to 7 matrices

**Matrices up to 10 in a matrix sequence of this type**

Results up to 10 matrices - matrix 7-10

This is all this time folks! Hope that you have enjoyed like me, this simple solution.

See you in the next post!

It’s been a while since i published my last post. This time, I’ll start with a little post, that will become the first of a sequel of solved problems in H++.

This time, I’ll show, two problems from the Stanford Mathematics Problem Book. This is a little book, full of very interesting math problems. I highly recommend you to get this book, if you like to find solutions to problems like this and others very common in mathematics. This is my own copy of this book.

Stanford Mathematics Problem Book

**Solving the Problems using H++**

**First Selected Problem: Problem 48.1**

Because actually, my time is short, I selected two problems for this post. The first one, I’ll discuss here, is the problem on page 7, where you have to determine the mathematical formula in both sides of the equation; the left side, is a series; the other side, is a simple cubic equation:

Problem 48.1 on Page 7

**The H++ Solution**

First, I implemented the iterative power, just for the purpose of testing the H++ compiler:

Power code

Then, I implemented the actual solution, by a function who prints, the terms of the series:

Problem 48.1 Solution in H++

Then, I called this function, after instantiating the class where I coded this function; this is the entire code:

Invoking the Solutions Functions of the Problems in this Part

**Second Selected Problem: Problem 54.1**

And this is the other selected problem I decided to implement a solution from H++:

Problem 54.1 on Page 13 in the Standfords Problem Book

And this is my solution, using H++ (you can try it in other programming languages):

Solution for Problem 54.1 on Page 13

**Other Algorithms implemented in H++**

Other algorithm I decided to implement, to show in this post, is the Divide-And-Conquer version of the Fibonacci Algorithm:

Fibonacci Algorithm

**The Output**

This is the compilation process’s output:

The compilation processs output

**The Results for n = 10**

And this is the result/solution, for n = 10:

The output

In the next post, I’ll be working on more complex algorithms, to show the power of H++. See you next!

As promised, the post that will reveal the details of the support of IEEE 754 in H++.

If after reading this post, you think you will need a more in depth discusion of IEEE 754 and its relation with the programming languages, please read Michael L. Overton’s excellent book called: Numerical Computing with IEEE Floating Point Arithmetic. A revision of the current IEEE standard can be located in IEEE 754: Revision of 2008.

Numerical Computing with IEEE Floating Point Arithmetic

As Overton explains in his book, the support for IEEE 754 and floating point in general has been inconsistent in both the hardware (the cpus), and finally the software (the programming languages). Programming Languages like C/C++ and Fortran are among others the ones with full support for the IEEE 754 specification. But that was not this way from the beginning.

The Floating Point support in H++ is very simple: I just have float and double types both with the same size and precision: 64 bits (1 bit for sign, 11 bits for the exponent, 52 bits for the significant or the mantissa). This was made this way just for simplicity when implementing the H++ Code Generator for x86 32-bits Assembly.

So, you can declare local or static variables with the keywords **float** and **double, **and will have the same double precision known from the double data type. In the future, that will change to reflect the standard: float will have 32-bits and double 64-bits of size.

Some of the floating point support tests I was writing in sample H++ programs, are provided as C programs in the Michael L. Overton’s book; if you want to do the same testing for C/C++ programs, please visit the links : Programs in this book.

Another lack of feature in H++ is in the print format; H++ supports only Fixed Format, which is very restrictive, but it works. The Exponential Format is the missing feature actually in my implementation. Here are examples of what I’m saying:

Fixed Format: 0.000542368921 (the only print format supported in H++ actually)

Exponential Format: 5.42368921E-4 (a more easy to handle print format, also known as Scientific Notation)

I’m thinking in dedicating a couple of days to implement that format, but I really don’t know when I’ll start to make it.

**Testing the H++ Compiler**

One of the tests you can find in this book, is the reciprocal power of 2, like in this H++ program:

Calculus of Reciprocal Power Of 2

This little program outputs the reciprocal powers of 2; so one detail I have to explain that shows the differences of this implementation with the original found in Overton, is that the condition was made against this tiny number: 0.00000000000000001 and not against 0.0 as the original one; the reason is simple: because I just implemented the Fixed Format for output, all the number below this 1.0E-17 are all printed as 0.0 until x really underflows.

The output:

Resuls of Reciprocal Power of 2

The final results are:

The problem with Fixed Format in H++

After the power 2^-55 and down, the number printed is zero; if the number would be 0.0 in the while condition expression, the results are all zero from here until it really underflows to 0.0; the reason is the precision I’m using: 64-bits of precision.

A test that passed Ok, was the one involving 1.0 added to the reciprocal powers of 2:

Calc One Plus Reciprocal Power Of 2

The results were as expected:

Results passed Ok for 1.0 + 2^x

This phenomena is very interesting because when you have isolated the reciprocal power in H++, it does not behave very well; but when you add it to 1.0, the results are as expected.

One interesting test, is the one related to the approximations as explained in Overton; here is the test H++ program:

Find One From Quotient

As you can see from the formula, 1/ (1/x), the result should be X in all cases:

One Div Reciprocal X Results

This test was successfull in H++. Here is why this test is very important: The binary representation for 1.0 and 0.99999999 are totally different besides they are the same value; let’s see these numbers as 32-bits float values in their binary format:

**Short Real sign exponent mantissa hex-value**

1.000 = 0 01111111 00000000000000000000000 0x3F800000 <—- 1.0

1.000 = 0 01111110 11111111111111111111110 0x3F7FFFFE <—- 0.9999999

As you could see, the number and its approximation have different binary representations; but if you continue adding more digits to the approximation, the process of rounding will take place here, and the number finally will change from .9999999…. to 1.0; you just have to add another digit 9, to convert the 0.99999999 in 1.0:

**Short Real sign exponent mantissa hex-value**

1.000 = 0 01111111 00000000000000000000000 0x3F800000 <—- 1.0

1.000 = 0 01111111 00000000000000000000000 0x3F800000 <—- was once 0.99999999

If you want to have an in depth explanation of this phenomena, please read Overton’s book: Numerical Computing with IEEE Floating Point Arithmetic.

**Fractions with Expressions of Zero Result, as the Divisor**

Another interesting subject, is the one that relates to fractions with zero as divisor, one operation which is invalid in mathematics.

It’s well known that in an expression with fractions or divisions, where the denominator expression would result in zero, cannot be resolved inmediatelly; so, from Calculus, you know that some limits must be approximated, when they cannot be solved by simple substitution of x in the polynomiuns.

They are a lot of tools in calculus to solve that problem, and one is approximation; if you cannot use 3 as value of x, you could use values from the left like these: 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 2.9, 2.95, 2.98, 2.995, 2.9995; also you can use values from the right, like these: 3.0000099, 3.00009, 3.0001, 3.001, 3.01, 3.1. Also, tools like L’Hopital’s rule, is well known to be applied in this cases, to avoid the approximation or numerical analysis.

But, one of the features of the IEEE 754 is that you can have two different approaches: allow this result to become infinite, or throw an exception, following the rules of Division by Zero.

In the following example, what you can have as result, is zero; that will help you understand the problem in your formula, or in your program:

y = 1/x; //this will result in y = +oo|-oo (plus|minus infinite)

Based on the first approach, that expression would result in +oo (plus infinite) or -oo (minus infinite); so, if you continue operating with this value, the result could be infinite. If you then do this to the previous result:

z = 1/y; //this will result in z == 0.0

The new result would be zero.

The second approach, is to throw an IEEE 754 Floating Point exception called: Division by Zero; so you’ll need to catch the exception to understand the problem, and avoid the program to terminate unexpectedly:

**try**{

y = 1/x; //this expression causes the exception when x == 0.0;

z = 1/y;

}**catch**()

{

printf(“Division by Zero has ocurred!”);

}

Here is an H++ program that shows the results of the Total Resistance, for different values of R1 and R2 (the two resistances in the circuit):

Total Resistance in H++

To get the programs in C, please visit Michael L. Overton’s site.

The output of this little program is:

Results of Total Resistance in H++

As you can see, when R2 == 0.0, the total resistance in the circuit is 0.0. That means that:

Total Resistance Formula

More advanced tests like Approximating a Derivative by a Difference Quotient, can be found in the Overton’s book. Also, a phenomena called Cancellation is well explained in that book, so I recommend you to read it to have a better understanding of the issues involved with Compilers and the expected results.

Here is the output:

Approximating a Derivative from A Diff Quotient

This is the H++ program that generates that output:

ApproxADerivByDiffQuot Program in H++

**Approximating the Euler’s e Constant**

Let’s do another test: let’s find Euler’s e constant in an H++ program:

Approximating Euler e Constant

As you observe, the result depends on the size of n; when n–>oo, e will have a more accurate value; here is the result:

Approximating Euler e Results

You can see that, when I applied the Natural Logarithm to the value of e I found with n = 10E+8, the result was close to 1.0; the approximation was very good for that value of n.

Now, let’s do the same thing, but this time, using the Taylor series formula:

Approximating e using Taylor Series

Now, making a few changes to return the e value from each function, and compare the cancellation digits, to determine how many digits are correct in the two aproximations, we get these results:

Approximating e Methods

Now you can notice that the two aproximations are valid for the first 6 digits after the decimal point. In this example, the more accurate was the Taylor Series formula.

**H++ Floating Point Math Library**

As a explained in older posts, the Math library supports almost all the fundamental functions, primitives and intrinsic functions; most of them were implemented at the x86 assembly level, to leaverage the existing implementation in the Floating Point Unit (FPU) in the x86 microprocessors.

**Fundamental Math Functions**

Here are some of the implemented functions:

Hpp Math Lib - Part I

Most of these functions are already implemented in the FPU.

Hpp Math Lib - Part II

You can also note the constants that are already computed in the FPU, and the most common Trigonometric Functions.

I also implemented the y^x function, and e^x:

Hpp Math Lib - Part III

**Inverse Functions**

Hpp Math Lib - Part IV

Here you can see, how I implemented the Inverse ArcSin in x86 Assembly Language, for the H++ Library:

Implementation of Inverse ArcSin Function

**Hyperbolic Functions**

Finally, the other more advanced functions, I decided to implement them directly in H++ because of matter of time:

Hyperbolic Functions

This code is compiled and is available in the H++ library for any math operations that require them.

**Inverse Hyperbolic Functions**

Hyperbolic Inverse Functions

Some aliases you can use, without referring to the full name of a static function for these hyperbolic and inverse hyperbolic functions, was defined:

Hyperbolic and Inverse Hyperbolic Function Shortcuts

**Having implemented these later functions in H++ saved me a lot time, which I dedicated to finish some important issues including bug fixes.**

**Conclusion**

The full support of IEEE 754 is still very distant in H++, but as you could see, there is a lot of work already done in the H++ compiler, and fewer things are missing. I highly recommend you to read Overton‘s book: Numerical Computing with IEEE Floating Point Arithmetic, if you are serious about Floating Point and the IEEE 754 Standard.

I hope this post can help you understand the basics of Floating Point, and the support in H++.

Bye, bye.

In this new post, I’ll continue showing some of the innards of the H++ Assembly Generated code, as I stated from the Part I.

**A H++ For-Statement in Assembly Code**

This is how a for-statement looks like:

For-Statement in Assembly Code

You can also note the access to a floating point value from the array of doubles, using the subscript index variable called i.

**An H++ While Loop**

Now, this is how a while statement looks like:

While Statement

In the future, the code will be more compact, but first I have to dedicate time to finish the Advanced Compiler Design Book, and read another book on Optimization issues.

**Floating point Comparison in an If-statement**

The floating point support in H++ is very simple: only double precision is supported for now, which means you have variables of size 8 bytes, which also means more precision and more accuracy; the comparison is made in the FPU but through a call to an implicit function called **Compare** in the **FloatingPoint** class:

Floating Point comparison in H++

Some issues I found while developing the H++ code generator has to be with the comparisons in general in the condition-expressions within the if-statement, for-statement and while-statement; the problem arised because my idea was to have the **bool **data type to be returned from any bool expression, and the result always in EAX as a byte in AL, which could then be assigned to a bool variable from the same computation of the expression; so the value can flow from the result to the assignment as 1 for true, and 0 for false. In the process of doing that in my way, I added a lot of code. In the future I pretend to change that to a more clever solution.

This is a more clear example of comparing two double variables:

Comparing Two Array Items

To Access each element from the array, is the necessary the code above in the frames; then occurs the call to **FloatingPoint_Compare**, and finally the** if-statement** comparison is done.

**Array subscript Assignment**

This is what it takes to assign values to array subscripts in H++; the array of doubles is accessed and then assigned the value:

Assignment to a Double Array

**Another Example of Dynamic Cast and Property Calls**

In the following picture, you can see another example of the use of the operator dynamic cast, and finally the use of H++ properties:

Dynamic Cast and Property Call

**Global Variables and String Constants**

The following picture, shows how global variables and string constants are generated in the Data Segment for an H++ Program:

Global Strings

Also you can note constants that won’t need space in the final executable.

**VTables in H++**

The vtables in H++ works similar to those generated by Visual C++ compiler; they are defined in the data segment in the Code Generation process of the H++ compiler:

Vtable Definitions in H++

Also, you can also look at vtable of the **Array** class, which is an abstract class; the members with the __purecall, are abstract members which don’t have implementation until concrete classes like **ArrayofAutomobile**.

Another example is what happen with the **QuickSort** abstract class, which can have different implementation of the selectPivot member, based on the approach to select the pivot element for reference; the **MedianOfThreeQuickSort** class is the one that has a selectPivot implementation, and defines itself a concrete class; see the picture below:

Vtables from Concrete and Abstract Class

Ok. I think I have introduced you to the innards of the H++ assembly generated code. I hope that these series of posts could be helpful for you, if you are attempting to create a Compiler that generates Native Code!

Nowadays, compiler writers are focusing in Virtual Machines, but at the end of the journey, they are similar concepts, but virtuals!

In the next post, I’ll be showing you some floating point testing programs that can be used to test any compiler that supports floating point operations.

See you in the next post!

**Does how the H++ 32-bits Assembly Generated Code looks like?**

The generated code is very simple; it looks like a simple assembly program:

Assembly Generated Code in H++

You can also note a dependency with the H++ library include file hcclib32.inc, which defines all the prototypes of the implemented functions of library as described in earlier posts.

You can also see in the code fragment above, that there is also code forcreating a byte pattern with CCh, for local variables used for determining which local variables were not initialized when a bug may appear in a program. This approach is heavely used in some C++ compilers when programs are compiled in Debug mode.

To activate that byte pattern for local variables in H++, use the /GZ compiler switch.

The main entry point that the operating system really sees, is called __System_Hpp_Runtime_Init; this is the function that is invoked when the process is created for TestSorting.exe compiled file. The next picture, shows how it looks like:

H++ Runtime Init Procedure

As you can see from the picture above, the H++ runtime initialization procedure is a very simple entry point, which calls your H++ program public static void main() function.

As with every assembly language file compiled to have an exe as a result, the entry point is specified in this case, at the end of the compilation unit or asm file:

H++ Startup Function

**H++ Translated Language Statements**

As you’ve noted, in the assembly code, some parts of the code are annotated, like in the following **H++ if-else** statement:

If Statement and Assignment

To have annotation in the results, you can use the /A switch on the H++ Compiler.

This code is actually very verbose, but in time it will be less code as I improve the H++ Code generator; but that will require more time to spend on this project, which for me actually is a little complicated in this days.

**H++ object constructors**

The constructors are generated mostly like in the next picture:

An H++ Object Constructor

As you’ve noted, this is the constructor for the BinaryInsertionSort H++ class created for previous posts; this constructor call the base class constructor, and finally initializes the vtbl pointer with the expected.

Another look at a constructor, looks like in the next picture where you can see the dynamic memory allocation using the** H++ new **operator:

A Constructor Initialization and Dynamic Memory Allocation

In the previous picture, you can note an initialization of a pointer to an array of **Proxy::Automobile **objects from the previous post.

**H++ Destructors**

This is how looks the destructors; also you can note the deallocation of heap memory using the **H++ destroy** operator:

Destroying H++ Objects Virtual Destructors

You can see how I implemented the** H++ destroy[] operator**, for calling the destructors of all the objects in the array pointer, and finally you can see the real destruction of the heap memory, returning it to operating system back again.

**Calling Non-Virtual Functions**

The non-virtual functions are easier to identify in the code, because the objects don’t use the vtable to obtain a pointer to the function to call; what I mean is that these calls are direct calls to the functions generated in the assembly code:

Calling a Non Virtual Function

As you can see, the function** siftDown**, of the **HeapSort** algorithm object, is called directly in the code above. For more information about the H++ source code of these ones, please visit this post about H++ Sample Sorting II in this blog.

**Calling Virtual Functions **

This case, the calls are made through a pointer from the vtable; this is how a virtual call looks like:

Calling a Virtual Function

Actually in this picture, you can see the call to the **SwapValues** virtual member function, which in this case has the offset +4 f rom the vtable which was set in the EDX register before finally making the call.

As you can see, is pretty similar as how the Visual C++ compiler generates the virtual calls.

**H++ Properties and Property Call**

One very useful feature I wanted to have in my language, and implement in the compiler is the support for properties; in this version of the H++ Compiler, I implemented the properties as Non-virtual functions; maybe in the future I may decide to support virtual properties, but I don’t think right now that it could be useful at all as virtual member functions.

The H++ language supports both getter and setter accessors for properties; so you can have code like this:

{

Circle circle;

circle**.Radius = **30.0;

circle.ComputeArea(); //the result will be accesible through the read-only property Area

printf(“The Radius is = “, circle**.Radius**, “, and the Area is = “, circle**.Area**);

}

**H++ Property: Getter Accessor**

This is the result for accessing the getter accesor function of an object:

Calling getter accessor Properties

For this case, you can see the access to the Model, Year and Cost properties of the Automobile object.

**H++ Property: Setter Accessor**

Finally, you can see the setter in action, which allows to change the internal state of the class through this calls:

Calling setter accessor Properties

In the next post, I’ll continue explaining some more advanced features found in the generated code for the TestSorting.hpp H++ file.

Bye, bye!

In this new post, I’ll be describing the process of implementing an OO library in the H++ language; first, I’ll detail the classes that interact in the problem of sorting. The subject will be : sorting automobiles by year and cost, with priority in cost in Ascending mode. The Sorting algorithms can be implemented in Descending mode, by just changing the implementation for the *ProxyObject::Compare* member function.

The SorterEx class

This new abstract class, is the base class for all the OO Sorting algorithms that will be presented here in this post.

SorterEx abstract class

As you noted, this class rely on a new abstract type called Array; this class only implements the Swap member, and the behavior can be changed in new concrete sorting classes.

**The H++ Array base class**

Here is the definition of the base class Array:

H++ Array abstract class

This class contains a pointer member to the ProxyObject type; the idea is to create an dynamically allocated array of objects, and have an internal pointer refer to the address of the first object in memory.

The properties are :

*length*, a read only property to let to users to know the items count in the array.
**item_size**, this can be used to know the size of each object contained in the array.

The other member functions are self descriptive, and will be implemented in a concrete class called ArrayOfAutomobile in the same H++ unit.

Now, let’s set our attention to the Automobile class, the real top character in this post, the Automobile class:

The Automobile class

This class has the following properties:

*Model*, to represent the name of the brand of the vehicule.
*Cost*, to represent the price to acquire on auto of this model (these data are demo, and does not reflect the actual prices of these brands mentioned in this post).
*Year*, this is the year of emition of the vehicule.

Also, includes a default constructor, required by the **new** operator when it’s creating a new instance of this type of objects in the heap.

The most important member is Compare, which is virtual, and is overriden here to show a specific behavior (Polymorphism).

Finally, a destructor to show when the object is being destroyed.

**The Array concrete class**

Next, is the concrete array class, ArrayofAutomobile, created to hold and manage the array of *Autombile* objects:

ArrayofAutomobile concrete class

This class possesses a constructor which expects the number of items to construct in itself. Here you can also see the getAt member, which returns an instance of ProxyObject as an upcast, from the array of automobiles. As you can see, all it takes to create an array of any object, that can be sorted with the H++ OO Sorting classes, is just to inherit from Array class, and implement the virtual abstract members.

Now, let’s take a look at the sorting algorithms.

**Simple Sorting Algorithms**

Here is the implementation of the Insertion Sort algorithm:

Insertion Sort for Array objects

In languages like C++ or C#, you can overload the operators [], >, <, ==, and also !=; but in H++, you can’t, obviously, because I have not implemented that language facility yet; that will be part of version 2.0 of the H++ Compiler, I promise that; because I know the importance of having overloaded these operators I mention here.

For now, we have the Array::getAt() member, to access the objects in the internal array, and the **ProxyObject::Compare()**, to compare against other objects.

The *ProxyObject::Compare()*, return the following int values, based on the results of the tests that perform this virtual function:

- -1, when the current object is less than the object compared with
- 1, when the current object is greater than the object compared with
- 0, when both objects are equals

When I implemented these sorting classes I show here, I had a conflict with the class names, because besides they belong to different namespaces, they cannot live in the same place when they are instanced in the program; so the H++ Compiler reacted yelling the following ambiguity errors:

>TestSorting.hpp:

TestSorting.hpp{153} : **error:** *Identifier is ambiguous in the current scope* ; which do you want to use: **‘Algorithms::Sorting::InsertionSort’** or **‘Algorithms::Sorting::Proxy::InsertionSort’** ?

TestSorting.hpp{154} : **error:** *Incompatible types* : cannot convert from *‘Algorithms::Sorting::Proxy::InsertionSort’* to** ‘Algorithms::Sorting::Sorter’ **for parameter: sorter

TestSorting.hpp{183} : error: Identifier is ambiguous in the current scope ; which do you want to use: **‘Algorithms::Sorting::BinaryInsertionSort’** or **‘Algorithms::Sorting::Proxy::BinaryInsertionSort’** ?

TestSorting.hpp{184} : **error:** *Incompatible types* : cannot convert from **‘Algorithms::Sorting::Proxy::BinaryInsertionSort’** to **‘Algorithms::Sorting::Sorter’ **for parameter: sorter

TestSorting.hpp{191} : error: Identifier is ambiguous in the current scope ; which do you want to use:** ‘Algorithms::Sorting::InsertionSort’** or **‘Algorithms::Sorting::Proxy::InsertionSort’** ?

TestSorting.hpp{209} : **error:** *Identifier is ambiguous in the current scope* ; which do you want to use: **‘Algorithms::Sorting::BinaryInsertionSort’** or **‘Algorithms::Sorting::Proxy::BinaryInsertionSort’** ?

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x syntax errors.

Here is the compiler errors live:

H++ Ambiguity Errors

This is something similar that happens with the C++ compiler; the problem came to light because I included both namespaces to the same unit; like this:

OO TestUnit including the Sorting namespaces

To solve the problem, I just changed the OO classes ‘ names, so that no collision would occur; another way to solve the problem, is to explicitly specify the namespace Proxy prefixed to the OO sorting classes like:

*Proxy::InsertionSort* sorter;

TestSortingEx(sorter, “\nTesting INSERTION SORT Algorithm: O(n^2) – faster”);

Another error you can receive when compiling would be from trying to pass as a parameter, an Array’s concrete object, to one of the previous algorithms from the Part I of this post; here is what you get:

>TestSorting.hpp:

importing: algorithms.sorting.hpp

c:\testsource\algorithms.sorting.hpp{597} : error: Incompatible types : cannot convert from **‘Algorithms::Sorting::Proxy::Array’** to** ‘double[]’** for parameter: array

c:\testsource\algorithms.sorting.hpp{597} : error: Wrong number of arguments

c:\testsource\algorithms.sorting.hpp{597} : error: Function does not take 1 parameters. Unknown function signature.

729 source lines.

x syntax errors.

Array and double|| are incompatibles

**The Bubble Sort Algorithm**

The Bubble Sort Algorithm

**The Selection Sort Algorithm**

The Selection Sort Algorithm

**Advanced Sorting Algorithms in H++**

The next algorithm, is the Binary Insertion sort, now acting on ProxyObjects subclass’s instances:

The Binary Insertion Sort Algorithm

You can note, that most of the implementations require that before doing anything, that the _array member be assigned before doing anything; this is needed because the *SorterEx::Swap* member function rely on this field to have access to the array object.

**The Heap Sort Algorithm**

This algorithm is pretty similar to the version over an array of scalar types:

The OO Heap Sort Part I

The final part in implementation of the Heap Sort is this below:

The OO Heap Sort Part II

**The H++ implementation of the QuickSort Algorithm**

The Quick Sort algorithm is one of the most popular sorting algorithms, and because of that, it has multiple different implementations; the one that we are using now, is the called Median of Three Quick Sort, and you can find it in the Bruno Preiss book of Data Structures and Algorithms with C++:

The OO Quick Sort Part I

I chose this implementation because is beautyful and very powerful; you can note, that this class is also abstract; you may wonder how can this class be instantiated then? The problem is that this class is abstract, and requires a concrete class to finish the implementation of the *QuickSortEx::selectPivot()* abstract member function, like in the class below:

The Median Of Three Implementation of the Quick Sort

Now, the QuickSort algorithm is fully implemented thanks to the concrete class above; another QuickSort implementations can be found on the internet, and implemented in H++ the same way as you can see here.

**The most difficult to implement in H++: the Merge Sort**

As the subject suggest, this algorithm is very complex to implement; but that does not means that cannot be implemented in H++:

The OO Merge Sort Algorithm Part I

The problem with this implementation, is noted in the next image:

The OO Merge Sort Algorithm Part II

Because this algorithm requires to have a temp array to hold the sorted list, the problem arrives in that H++ at that moment did not supported the H++ *pointer_cast* operator, so that you can call the malloc function alias to allocate memory from the heap, and make the algorithm completely generic; that will be solved in the next build of H++.

The CopyTo and CopyFrom members, for the Array concrete classes, should look something like this for the *ArrayOfAutomobile* class:

CopyTo and CopyFrom members

These members are required to make the Merge Sort implementation possible in H++.

**The H++ Test Program**

Here is how the new implementation would look:

OO Test Unit

This fragment shows how the array of objects are iterated in the two loops: Before Sorting, and After Sorting.

The OO TestUnit - II

As you can see, the new algorithm classes are named with the postfix Ex, to avoid the name collisions between the two imported namespaces in this test program. Here is the new implementation of the *Program::main()* static member function:

The Program::main() member

**The Compilation of TestSorting.hpp source**

Compiling TestSorting.hpp

**The runs of each H++ Unit Testing**

OO Insertion Sort

As you can see, the autos are sorted by year, but with the priority by Cost, as you can see from the rectangle above, that highlights the Costs before and after sorting.

OO Bubble Sort

OO Heap Sort

OO Selection Sort

OO Quick Sort

OO Merge Sort

As you also have noted, the objects are destroyed every time the function goes out of scope, but this time because of the H++ **destroy** operator.

**What’s Next?**

In the next post, I’ll be presenting part of the Intel x86 32-bits Assembly generated by the H++ Compiler, for the TestSorting.hpp and Algorithms.Sorting.hpp files.

See you all in the next post!