The hidden default constructor in C++

Note: This posting is just completely wrong. I didn’t know C++ very well at the time, so I’m just mentioning it. I won’t bother correcting it though.

I think I’m going to start posting about general C++ stuff too and since C++ is my favorite language (aside from assembly) I thought it would be interesting to post obscure C++ things that I find. Today I’m going to talk about a blog post that I found a while ago regarding constructors.

The fellow (I forgot where I saw it) mentioned that there was a significant difference the two lines of code.

The first line will NOT initialize intrinsic data types. So they will be filled with whatever when the object is instantiated.
The second line, on the other hand, WILL initialize all intrinsic data types to zero.
There are a couple of issues to be aware of though:

1) There must NOT be a default constructor available.
2) This is very well compiler/implementation dependent. I haven’t actually checked the standard though but I don’t see why the standard would define such a thing since it could (theoretically) impose a performance risk.

Looking back at point 1, lets use an example:

Note: No default constructor or destructor. In this case, the compiler will provide them for your automatically. At least Microsoft’s compiler will. In that case, it will be kind enough to also initialize foo to zero if you specify

as opposed to


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