C++ STL  iterator, a very simple list program example using begin() and end()


Compiler: Visual C++ Express Edition 2005

Compiled on Platform: Windows XP Pro SP2

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To do: Creating and iterating the list element using begin() and end() in C++ programming

To show: How to use the iterator, to traverse the list element in C++ programming using begin() and end()


// C++ STL iterator, simple list example

#include <iostream>

#include <list>

using namespace std;


int main(void)


// lst, list container for character elements

list<char> lst;


// append elements from 'A' to 'Z' to the list lst container

for(char chs='A'; chs<='Z'; ++chs)



// iterate over all elements and print, separated by space

list<char>::const_iterator pos;

cout<<"lst list: ";

for(pos = lst.begin(); pos != lst.end(); ++pos)

cout<<*pos<<' ';


return 0;



Output examples:


lst list: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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