What is variable & Variable types in C++

Data/Variable types in C++
Data/Variable types in C++


– are the named location in store (RAM) where we store or put value (s) that may change any time during the program execution.

The variable must have

– a name

– a data type

–  the named location (variable) must exists in RAM

–  there must be a value in that named location in   RAM.

The type indicates the type of value that can be stored in that store.

C++ allows the declaration of variable anywhere in the scope (to be discussed later).

This means that a variable can be declared right at the place of its first use.

This makes the program easier to understand because the variables are declared in the context of their use

The general format for variable declaration is:

datatype varname1[, varname2,….]

Example:  int a;

The above statement declares a variable of type int that is, only int type data can be stored in the variable or named location a. If you don’t specify the data type, it is default to int type.

The following example declares a and b are both of type int

int a,b;

Use useful/meaningful  variable names

variable names a, b and x is meaningless. Always use names those who have appropriate meaning and any non-programmer can understand the meaning of the variable.

More examples on  variable declarations are:

float salary, net_pay;

int empID, empage, no_of_children;

double yrs_budget, yrs_expenditure;

unsigned long population;

Variable Initialization:

-Means giving initial value to a variable

If you don’t give any value to a variable, you will get garbage value.

-Before the use of the variable, you must initialize your variable.

To initialize var, we use assignment operator(=)

int age; //declares age int data type

age=12; //initialize age to value 12.

// or age is assigned a value 12

// or 12 is assigned to var age

In initialization, we say that put the right-hand-side value to the LHS var.

  • The statement


is called assignment statement where, we assign variable  age to a value 12.

  • In assignment statement, rhs of the assignment operator must be a value or an expression (which will be evaluated to a value before assignment operation).
  • For example, int salary=2*basic_pay + med_allowance;
  • In the above, the rhs of assignment op. is an expression which will be evaluated first and then assignment operation will take place.

You can declare and initialize a variable at the same time. Example,

int max=12;

The above declares the var max as int type as well as it initializes to a value 12.

In an assignment statement, the lhs must be a variable.

const int x=12;


In the above, x is declared as constant.

In the assignment statement, lhs x is a constant which violates the rule of the assignment statement. I

n this case, computer will give an error.

Data/Variable types in C++

Data types in C++ can be classified under various categories as shown below:

Data/Variable types in C++
Fig:Data/Variable types in C++                                                                                                                                                                              All built-in types are also called basic or fundamental data types.
With the exception of void, the basic types may have several modifiers preceding them to serve the needs for various situations.
The modifiers are: signed, unsigned, short and long may be applied to character and integer basic data types.
However, the modifier long may also apply to double.
Data type representation is machine specific in C++. Table below lists all combinations of the basic data types and modifiers along with their size and range for a 16-bit (16-bit wide registers) word machine.


various data type
Figure:various data type



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