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Name Abbreviation Program in C++

In this article, we are going to design a program that abbreviates the first and middle name leaving the last name as it is.

Suppose if the user inputs the following name: William Henry Gates

Then the output of the program would be: W. H. Gates

Without further a due I present you with the Steps:-

  1. We have declared two character arrays (strings), name[4] and abname[30], which stores the name input by the user and abbreviated name respectively.
  2. Suppose if the user inputs the following name: William Henry Gates Then the two arrays would have the following values: Name[40]="William Henry Gates" (unchanged) Abname[30]=EMPTY
  3. The next step is to store the first character of the array name[40] to the abname[30] array and put a dot (.) and a space( ) after it.
  4. Next, we set-up a loop which finds space in the array name[40] (space separates first, middle and last names). As soon as a space is detected the character immediately after the space is stored to the abname[30] array, followed by a dot (.) and a space. Now the two arrays have these values: Name[40]=”William Henry Gates” (unchanged) Abname[30]="W. H. "
  5. Now that we have abbreviated the first and middle name, we need to store the last name as it is. For this, we again search for a space, as it is found, the control goes to the while loop where the whole of the last name is copied to the abname[30] array. Now the two arrays have the following values: Name[40]=”William Henry Gates” (unchanged) Abname[30]="W. H. Gates"


   //C++ program to abbreviate first and middle name
   void main(void)
   char name[40];
   char abname[30];
   int i,len,m=1,j=0;
   //puts is used to print string of characters
   //although cout is equivalent to it but gets
   //and cout should not be mixed in one program
   puts("Enter Name: ");
   //gets is used to take string input with spaces
   //strlen is a built-in function, declared in
   //the string.h header file
   //it returns the length of a string
   abname[j++]=' ';
   for (i=0;i<len;i++)
     if(name[i]==' ')
     if(m==1)//check to see if it is the
     //middle name
       abname[j++]=' ';
       m=0;//middle name has been fetched
     else//if it is not the middle name
       //copy characters until the end of
       //the string is reached which is
       //represented by the \0 constant
   abname[j++]='\0';//put the end of string constant
   puts("Abbreviated Name: ");

Although this program has little or no use as it is, I don’t think there is any harm in learning how things are done.

You may also incorporate this in other programs where you need to do such abbreviations.

Hope this helps…

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