Re: How to block member overridable

=?ISO-8859-1?Q?Erik_Wikstr=F6m?= <>
Thu, 21 Jun 2007 15:14:52 GMT
On 2007-06-21 11:41, Marcin Prochownik wrote:


I have following classes:

class A
        virtual bool foo() = 0;

class B : public A
        int state;

        int GetState() { return state; }

        virtual bool foo()
            // implementation which sets B::state to same value

Method B::foo() sets B::state variabl to some value. This variable may be
further used by other parts of code so its value is very important to be
vaild. The problem is that someone may construct class C like follows:

class C : public B
        virtual bool foo()
            // implementation which does not set variable 'state'

In effect B::state has invalid value and some other parts of code which uses
B::state may crash. How do i block function foo so class C will not be able
to override it ? Is it possible in C++ ? Or is some other workaround to
problem i mentioned ?

Add a comment (either in the code or in the documentation) that if
someone overrides the method they must call B::foo(). It works wonder in
a number of frameworks I've used. After all, if an object of type C does
not work correctly unless they call B::foo() then I'm pretty sure
they'll want to do that.

Erik Wikstr?m

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