Re: Derived::Derived(const Base&) and Derived& operator=(const Base&)

"Victor Bazarov" <>
Wed, 23 May 2007 09:44:53 -0400
<f31ggn$h5o$> wrote:

Hi folks,

Can somebody shed some light on this problem?

class Interface {
 Interface() { ...}
 virtual ~Interface() { ... }

 virtual method() = 0;

class Impl1: public Interface {
 Impl() { ... }
 Impl(const Interface&); // problem 1
 virtual ~Impl() { ... }
 Impl& operator=(const Interface&); // problem 2
 virtual method() { ... }

The problem is that the compiler (VC 2005) insists on generating
 Impl1(const Impl1&) // copy constructor
 Impl& operator=(const Impl1&) // default assignment operator

The problem is I do not want these methods.

Instead of fighting the compiler (and the language), it's better
to work around the limitations they impose. Define those things
and make them do the same thing as the other two. You can even
redirect the assignment op; you cannot redirect the constructor.
Yet, anyway.

I want Impl1 to be able to construct/assign itself from any (other)
satisfying the Interface. That's the whole point of having an

The problem is that Impl1 assigned (or constructed) from another
Impl1 will still use the *proper* copy-assignment op and copy-c-tor.

Why can't the compiler use my supplied methods, since every Impl1 can
be implicitly cast down to an Interface anyway?

Because no conversions is better than a single conversion.

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