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What is the difference between a string and an array?

An array is an array of anything. A string is a specific kind of an array with a well-known convention to determine its length. There are two kinds of programming languages: those in which a string is just an array of characters, and those in which it’s a special type. In C, a string is just an array of characters (type char), with one wrinkle: a C string always ends with a NUL character. The “value” of an array is the same as the address of (or a pointer to) the first element; so, frequently, a C string and a pointer to char are used to mean the same thing. An array can be any length. If it’s passed to a function, there’s no way the function can tell how long the array is supposed to be, unless some convention is used. The convention for strings is NUL termination; the last character is an ASCII NUL (‘’) character.  
Asked by: Interview Candidate | Asked on: Mar 6th, 2005
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M.Sunil Kumar

Answered On : Dec 5th, 2006

array  it is the collection of similer data types ex:int a[10]ten indicates the size of array. [ ] is index of array, we can give only integer values to array of a.where as string mean colection of group of charaters in double Quotes(" ");

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Answered On : May 26th, 2007

An array is collection of simillar(any data type like char, int, float ..etc) , string is an array is characters.

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Vipul Thakrar

Answered On : Jul 30th, 2011

Array is collection that can hold multiple values at a time where as String can hold only single value at a time.

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Sooraj Kumar

Answered On : Aug 3rd, 2011

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An Array is collection of elements of similar type which are referred by a common name.Each element is accessed by its value. First element has index 0 and last element has index which is 1 less than the size of array. Declaration of Array:- data_type array_name[size]; String is collection of characters. So it is called character array. Each string is terminated by null character('')

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