Re: Put variables into member variables or function variables?

"Jim Langston" <>
Sat, 22 Mar 2008 17:53:05 -0700
<0ShFj.71$Lf.40@newsfe02.lga> wrote:

On Mar 21, 10:06 pm, "Jim Langston" <> wrote:

Andy Champ wrote:

Jim Langston wrote: wrote:

I modify my code into following sample code.
CTest is a class only constructed once when the device power on.
CTest::ExecuteRunState is a function entered periodically.
Do you think whether it is necessary to put the local variables
into class private members?
Otherwise, each time entering the ExecuteRunState(), those local
variables will be decleared and initionalized one time. It's a
waste of cpu resource.

class CTest

void CTest(const CTest & m_CTest);
void ExecuteRunState(); //This function will entered
periodically };

void CTest::ExecuteRunState()

tMV measurement = 0;
tMVq quality = 0;
tMVt timeStamp = 0;

//Here those three variables will gain the newest values.
pData->GetNewestValue(&measurement, &quality, &timeStamp);

I don't think it's really necessary and is probably premature
optimization to do so. Global variables are generally frowned upon.
If the variables are only used inside the funciton ExecuteRunState,
then that's where they should be declared. Of course this presumes
that tMV, tMVq and tMVt have rather trivial constructors.

Given the concern on performance, and that GetNewestValue obviously
writes to them, why initialise them at all?

It is not necesarry to initialize them, but if they are classes or
structures they can have constructors anyway. For the given examples
here they are most likely trivial (int, float, etc..). But maybe tMV
is some class that when it is constructed reads data from a database
for whatever reason, then it is not trivial.

Just becasue you don't initialize a variable doesn't mean it doesn't
have to be constructed.

Jim Langston Hide quoted text -

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Thanks for your reply:)

In this example tMV is actually not a trivial class and I just give an
initialize example and with 0.
The problem is these three classes will constructed each time
ExecuteRunState() is periodically entered.
And I intend to put these three classes initialization into CTest
class constructor.
In this way, I also have to update UML class diagram to add these
three attributes.

Okay, then the question is, can you use tMV without initialiing it each
time? Does it contain data that has to be reset each time? Or can it be
used without initialization? If it has to be reset each time, then you will
need to construct it each time (easiest method). If you will be able to use
it without initialization, then you can either make it part of the class
itself or, what I would probalby do, make it static.

void CTest::ExecuteRunState()
  static tMV measurement = 0;
  static tMVq quality = 0;
  static tMVt timeStamp = 0;
  //Here those three variables will gain the newest values.
  pData->GetNewestValue(&measurement, &quality, &timeStamp);

The problem with static, which is the same as making it part of the class,
is it's only going to be initialized once. It will retain it's state
between calls to ExecuteRunState. If GetNewestValue sets the class to a
usuable state reguardless if it's initialized or not, then that might work
for you. Of course, I would only do this if the construction time of tMV,
tMVq and tMVt was large enough to actually slow down my program. The only
way to find this out is by testing. Without testing it's premature

Of course, with my example of the class initialized by a database, it's
pretty much known that it's going to slow down the operation becasue of
waiting for the connection to the database server, reading, etc...

Personally, I would prefer them to be static over class variables since they
are only used in one function, but others may have other opionions.

Jim Langston

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