7.8. Our own version of find

If we are looking for a letter in a string, we may not want to start at the beginning of the string. One way to generalize the find function is to write a version that takes an additional parameter—the index where we should start looking. Here is an implementation of this function.

int find (string s, char c, int i) {
  while (i < s.length()) {
    if (s[i] == c) return i;
    i = i + 1;
  return -1;

Instead of invoking this function on an string, like the first version of find, we have to pass the string as the first argument. The other arguments are the character we are looking for and the index where we should start.

In the active code below, we are finding the number of 'e' characters in the “Shepard” part of “German Shepard” using our function. Then we use the built-in find function to demonstrate how they work differently.

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