Why accessing an array out of bounds does not give any error in C++?

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This is due to the fact that C++ does not do bounds checking. Languages like Java and python have bounds checking so if you try to access an out of bounds element, they throw an error. C++ design principle was that it shouldn't be slower than the equivalent C code, and C doesn't do array bounds checking.

So if you try to access this out of bounds memory, the behavior of your program is undefined as this is written in the C++ standard. In general, whenever you encounter undefined behavior, anything might happen. The application may crash, it may freeze, it may run fine(or at least appear to run fine), it may interfere with other applications(not really on modern operating systems), etc.

Published on 28-Feb-2018 08:28:29