VC++ 6.0 workaround for partial specialization

"Matthias Hofmann" <>
Thu, 25 Oct 2007 15:30:18 +0200
Hello everyone,

I am working on a project on Visual C++ 6.0 and I need to port some code
that uses partial specialization of class templates:

#include <cstddef>
#include <iostream>

// Extracts the type of an object.
template <class T>
struct extract { typedef T type; };

// Extracts the type of an array.
template <class T, std::size_t N>
struct extract<T[N]> { typedef T type; };

// Primary template for object new.
template <class T> struct TrackNewHelper
    static T* TrackNew( T* ptr, const char* file, int line)
        std::cout << "Tracking object allocation" << std::endl;
        return ptr;

// Partial specialization for array new.
template <class T, std::size_t N> struct TrackNewHelper<T[N]>
    static T* TrackNew( T* ptr, const char* file, int line)
        std::cout << "Tracking array allocation " << std::endl;
        return ptr;

// Forwards the call to helper classes.
template <class T> typename extract<T>::type* TrackNew(
    typename extract<T>::type* ptr, const char* file, int line )
    return TrackNewHelper<T>::TrackNew( ptr, file, line );

#define NEW( T ) TrackNew<T>( new T, __FILE__, __LINE__ )

int main()
   int * p = NEW( int ); // Calls the primary template.
   delete p;

   p = NEW( int[64] ); // Calls the partial specialization.
   delete [] p;

   return 0;

I found a hint on the internet saying that class member templates can
simulate partial specialization, but unfortunately, no further information
was given. Does anyone happen to know a workaround for the code above?

Matthias Hofmann
Anvil-Soft, CEO - The Creators of Toilet Tycoon - Die Macher des Klomanagers

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