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By spkumar9952, 18 months ago, In English

Hello Codeforcers! I would like to share something which I had experienced in one of the contest.

Never use .size()-x in C++. Because the size() method returns the unsigned int value, So if the vector is empty and you try to subtract x from the value, then instead of giving -x it will give max value of unsigned int (Cyclic way).

It will lead to lots of problems. For example, if you use in for loops it will crash the program.

for(int i=0; i < vec.size()-1; i++){
    // it will run unsigned max times if the vector is empty!

it is also same for all inbuilt data structures in C++ (string, stack,...). To avoid this, typecast the size into int. Example: int(vec.size())-1 or (int)vec.size()-1. Another way is store in int variable and subtract value from it.

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