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Plain C Strings
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Plain C strings are arrays of character, terminated with a zero byte. An array of N characters can hold strings from length 0 to N-1, needing one extra byte to store the terminator. As such, C strings inherit many of the afflictions of C arrays, and their relationship with pointers.

The standard libraries provide a series of methods to handle plain C strings, all named starting with str: strlen, strcat, strcpy, etc. These are accessed with #include , as opposed to #include for the C++ strings.

Double-quoted constants are plain-C strings, and provide char pointer values in expressions, so assigning one to a C++ string string actually performs a conversion. I believe this may change in future C++ standards.