Re: Help with Template-Template and Mixin Polymorphism

TimeHorse <>
Fri, 10 Aug 2007 12:19:52 CST
On Aug 9, 11:38 pm, Greg Herlihy <> wrote:

My rule of thumb about programming with C++ templates has
always been, "if
the template code compiles - then the code is correct." :-).


         // redeclared foo() non-pure in order to compile

         virtual key_type foo( value_type) {};// = 0;

Thanks for all the help Greg. Since I've been compiling my test code
with g++ it has been more explicit about the template/typename usage.
However, adding an implementation for the pure virtual breaks the
polymorphism. To wit, if we add implementations to foo:

     #include <iostream>
     template <class E, class Y>
     struct Z
         typedef E key_type;
         typedef Y value_type;

     template <template <class, class> class X1>
     struct G
         template <class E2, class Y2>
         struct G1
             typedef G1 self;
             typedef X1<E2, Y2> type;
             typedef typename X1<E2, Y2>::key_type key_type;
             typedef typename X1<E2, Y2>::value_type

     template <template <class, class> class X2>
     struct G<G<X2>::template G1>
         template <class E3, class Y3>
         struct G1
             typedef X2<E3, Y3> container_type;
             typedef typename container_type::key_type key_type;
             typedef typename container_type::value_type value_type;

     template <template <class, class> class X, class Y>
     struct A
         typedef A<X, Y> generic_type;
         typedef G<X> H;
         typedef typename G<X>::template G1<A*,Y>::self F;
         typedef typename G<X>::template G1<A*,Y>::key_type
         typedef typename F::value_type value_type;

         A() {}
         virtual ~A() {}

         // redeclared foo() non-pure in order to compile

         virtual key_type foo(value_type) { return 0; }// = 0;

     template <class Y>
     struct B : public virtual A< G<Z>::template G1, Y>
         typedef typename A<G<Z>::G1, Y>::key_type key_type;
         typedef typename A<G<Z>::G1, Y>::key_type value_type;

         B() {}
         virtual ~B() {}
         virtual key_type foo(value_type) { return this; }

     template <class Y, template <class> class P = B>
     struct C : public virtual A<P<Y>::H::template G1, Y>,
                private P<Y>
         typedef A<P<Y>::H::template G1, Y> my_base_type;
         typedef my_base_type generic_type;
         C() {}
         C( const C&) {}
         virtual ~C() {}

         const C& operator=(const C& ) { return *this; }

     int main()
         C<int> c;
     C<int>::generic_type *pc = &c;
     C<int>::generic_type *pfoo = pc->foo(3);
     std::cout << std::hex << (int)pfoo << std::endl;

The output is not the address of B, but in fact 0. So, leaving A::foo
pure virtual is handy since it correctly detected that the compiler
thinks C's A is different than B's A, when they shouldn't be. *sigh*


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