# c++ – was not declared in this scope error

## c++ – was not declared in this scope error

The scope of a variable is always the block it is inside. For example if you do something like

``````if(...)
{
int y = 5; //y is created
} //y leaves scope, since the block ends.
else
{
int y = 8; //y is created
} //y leaves scope, since the block ends.

cout << y << endl; //Gives error since y is not defined.
``````

The solution is to define y outside of the if blocks

``````int y; //y is created

if(...)
{
y = 5;
}
else
{
y = 8;
}

cout << y << endl; //Ok
``````

In your program you have to move the definition of y and c out of the if blocks into the higher scope. Your Function then would look like this:

``````//Using the Gaussian algorithm
int dayofweek(int date, int month, int year )
{
int y, c;
int d=date;

if (month==1||month==2)
{
y=((year-1)%100);
c=(year-1)/100;
}
else
{
y=year%100;
c=year/100;
}
int m=(month+9)%12+1;
int product=(d+(2.6*m-0.2)+y+y/4+c/4-2*c);
return product%7;
}
``````

Heres a simplified example based on of your problem:

``````if (test)
{//begin scope 1
int y = 1;
}//end scope 1
else
{//begin scope 2
int y = 2;//error, y is not in scope
}//end scope 2
int x = y;//error, y is not in scope
``````

In the above version you have a variable called `y` that is confined to scope 1, and another different variable called `y` that is confined to scope 2. You then try to refer to a variable named `y` after the end of the `if`, and not such variable `y` can be seen because no such variable exists in that scope.

You solve the problem by placing `y` in the outermost scope which contains all references to it:

``````int y;
if (test)
{
y = 1;
}
else
{
y = 2;
}
int x = y;
``````

Ive written the example with simplified made up code to make it clearer for you to understand the issue. You should now be able to apply the principle to your code.

#### c++ – was not declared in this scope error

You need to declare y and c outside the scope of the if/else statement. A variable is only valid inside the scope it is declared (and a scope is marked with { })

``````#include <iostream>
using namespace std;
//Using the Gaussian algorithm
int dayofweek(int date, int month, int year ){
int d=date;
int y, c;
if (month==1||month==2)
{y=((year-1)%100);c=(year-1)/100;}
else
{y=year%100;c=year/100;}
int m=(month+9)%12+1;
int product=(d+(2.6*m-0.2)+y+y/4+c/4-2*c);
return product%7;
}

int main(){
cout<<dayofweek(19,1,2054);
return 0;
}
``````