Re: Class Destroys itself straight away!

David Wilkinson <>
Sat, 26 Jan 2008 12:40:03 -0500
Gerry Hickman wrote:


I have a Class who's constructor accepts an STL wstring, but it seems to
kill itself before it can be used. If I initialize with int, it works as
expected. Here's the sample code and the output. Note the Destructor is
firing twice.

#include "stdafx.h"
using namespace std;

class MyClass
    void SayHello(void);

int _tmain(int argc, _TCHAR* argv[])
    wstring wsInput = _T("Passed in String");
    MyClass mc = MyClass(wsInput);
    // Class kills itself here!
    wcout << "About to use Class" << endl;
    return 0;

MyClass::MyClass(wstring wsNewString)
    wcout << "Constructing Class" << endl;

    wcout << "Destructing Class" << endl;

void MyClass::SayHello()
    wcout << "Say Hello" << endl;

// Output From Program

Constructing Class
Destructing Class <-- WHY??
About to use Class
Say Hello
Destructing Class


This is happening because you are making unnecessary copies. Try like this:

class MyClass
     MyClass(const wstring&);
     void SayHello(void);

int _tmain(int argc, _TCHAR* argv[])
     wstring wsInput = L"Passed in String";
     MyClass mc(wsInput);
     wcout << L"About to use Class" << endl;
     return 0;

Always pass input parameters by const reference if you can.

You can also do just

MyClass mc(L"Passed in String");

BTW, you should not use _T("") with wstring; use L"". If you want
"build-agnostic" code you can do things like

typdef std::basic_string<TCHAR> tstring;

David Wilkinson
Visual C++ MVP

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