NIOS Computer Science: Chapter 12 – Function Part 10

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Image of Default Arguments

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Function with Default Argument

C ++ allows to call a function without specifying all its arguments.

In such cases, the function assigns a default value to a parameter which does not have a matching argument in the function call.

The compiler knows from the prototype how many arguments a function uses for calling.


float result (int marks 1, int marks 2, int marks 3 = 75);

A subsequent function call

Average = result (60, 70);

Passes the value 60 to marks 1, 70 to marks 2 and lets the function use default value of 75 for marks3.

The call Average = result ( 60, 70, 80);

Passes the value 80 to marks 3.

The important point to note is that only the trailing argument can have default values.

Consider the following program:

# include < iostream.h>

void repchar (char = ‘=’, int = 30);

void main ( )


repchar ( );

repchar ;

repchar (‘+’, 45);


void repchar (char ch, int x)


for (int i= 1; i < = x; i + + )

cout < < ch;

cout < < “\n”;


The default argument follows an equal sign, which is placed directly after the type name.

In the above program, the function repchar( ) takes two arguments. It is called three times from main( ).

  • First time it is called with no argument. The function assigns the default value ‘=’ to ch and 30 to x and it print ‘=’ symbol thirty times on the screen.

  • Second time it is called with one argument. The function assigns the default value 30 to x and it prints ‘*’ symbol thirty times on the screen.

  • Third time it is called with two arguments. The actual parameters take priority over the default parameters. It prints ‘+’ symbol forty-five times.

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