Re: Enemy Functions?

"Maxim Yegorushkin" <>
3 Jun 2006 20:32:24 -0400
Mark Santaniello wrote:

Scott Meyers wrote an article in CUJ a few years ago entitled "How
Non-Member Functions Improve Encapsulation". Subsequently, Herb Sutter
refactored std::string using this principle:

The basic gist is that, given a choice, we should prefer x( foo ) to
foo.x(), because the latter is less encapsulated. Scott argues that the
benefits outweigh the asymmetric syntax.

It seems like a minor language extension could give us the best of both

If a friend function:
 * can access the private members of a class
 * is not passed a this pointer
 * does not reside in the class's namespace

Consider a function which:
 * cannot access the private members of a class
 * is passed a this pointer
 * does reside in the class's namespace

Is not that function a member function in a derived class? You can put
all data members in a base class so that deirved class member functions
will not be able to access the data members in the base class.

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