revised: 11/25/99, 01/23/00, 07/20/02, 05/27/03, 01/29/06, 06/02/06
Most real-world programs handle vast amounts of data. Fortunately, the data usually can be organized and processed systematically. Arrays or similar structures are almost always used for this. When data is organized into arrays and processed with loops a relatively small program can handle a vast amount of data. This chapter discusses arrays and shows examples of how they work.
Say that you are writing a program that reads in 100 numbers for data. Would you like to declare 100 variables and write 100 input statements to read in the data?