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After reading "Hidden Features and Dark Corners of C++/STL" on comp.lang.c++.moderated, I was completely surprised that it compiled and worked in both Visual Studio 2008 and G++ 4.4. The code:

#include <stdio.h>
int main()
     int x = 10;
     while( x --> 0 ) // x goes to 0
       printf("%d ", x);

Where in the standard is this defined, and where did it come from?

I'd assume C, since it works in GCC as well, but I put C++ on there just in case C++ has more to mention on it. On a more subjective note, I've never heard of this before, had anybody else? Is it worth using?

Answered By: Charles Salvia ( 1680)

That's not an operator -->. That's two separate operators, -- and >.

Your condition code is decrementing x, while returning xs original (not decremented) value, and then comparing the original value with 0 using the > operator.

To better understand, the statement could be as follows:

while( (x--) > 0 )