Re: Function Overloading Problem

"Jim Langston" <>
Sun, 1 Apr 2007 13:21:11 -0700
"Hayrola" <> wrote in message

On 1 Apr, 08:24, "Jim Langston" <> wrote:

"Hayrola" <> wrote in message

On 1 Apr, 06:00, "Jim Langston" <> wrote:

"Hayrola" <> wrote in message

I have two vaiable types, named A and B. These are of the same type,
int, but their values must be treated differently before printing.

typedef int A;
typedef int B;

void func(A val)
std::cout << val << std::endl;

void func(B val)
{ //Error points to this line
std::cout << val << std::endl;

This gives me the following error: "function 'void func(A)' already
has a body"

Is there an easy way to solve this, or
is there another way to accomplish what i am trying to do?

Basically, you are trying to do two different things with the same
(int). One way would be to have 2 different functions, one with the
VIPfunction, one without.

Another way would be to wrap A and B in a structure or class. Then
could make a func template and specialize for type B (which would be a

The questionn becomes, they are both ints. Calling one A and one B in
typedef doesn't mean much. If you need to differentiate between them
just keep them straight yourself somehow.

I can see what you are trying to accomplish, but the question is why?
does this help your pogram? Depending on what you are actually trying
achieve would say how it could be done.

To clarify what i am doing, A represents a row number, and B
represents a column number.
In the good ol' game chess, rows have numbers (1234...), and columns
have letters (ABCD...).
Therefore the need to have them use different functons.

The already existing (C style) code assumes that A and B are ints, and
uses memsets and memcopys everywhere.

A solution has sprung into my mind, but i dont know if its a very good

void func2(A val1, B val2 = -255)
if(val2 == -255)
std::cout << val1 << std::endl;
std::cout << val2 << std::endl;

any comments on that?

In chess rows go from 1 to 8. Colums go from A to H. No other values

void func2(int Val )
  if ( Val >=1 && Val <= 8 )
     // I have a row
  else if ( Val >= 'A' && Val <= 'H' )
     // I have a column
       // Danger Will Roberson!


There is just a minor problem... Both columns and rows are stored in
the format 0 to 7.
this so that they could be used like this: "theBoard[row][col]"

Then you need to either make two different functions, pass another parm
stating what the variable type is, or modify the parm to say.

The first method is rather obvoiu.

void funcRow2( int Val );
void funcCol2( int Val );

The second method I would just pass a bool

void func2( int Val, bool Row )
   if ( Row )
      // working with row
      // working with column

The third method is sloppy and kludge.

void func2( int Val )
   if ( Val > 255 )
      // Dealing with Row
      Val -= 255;
      // Dealing with Column

Would be used like:

int Row, Col;
cin >> Row >> Col;

    func2( Row + 255 );
    func2( Col );

I am not suggesting you use the 2nd method, it's quite ugly and a kludge.
But it is possible.

Your last alternative would work, but I'd probably assign it a value of -1
instead of -255.

Overall, the best method if possible is to preprocess anythign you have to
for row if you can.

void Func2Row( int Val )
   Func2( Val );

void Func2Col( int Val )
   Func2( Val );

void Func2( int Val )
   // whatever

I still think the best solution would be to have one function for Row, and
one function for Column, easiest to maintain.

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