Calling methods based on derived type

flopbucket <>
26 Apr 2007 08:24:16 -0700

Say I have a baseclass B that has many derived classes, let's say
C..Z, for example:

class B

class C : public B {};
class D : public B {};
class E : public B {};

Also assume that these classes are provided as is, that is, I can not
make any changes to them (the real classes contain many data members,

Now, there is a factory method that creates the correct class based on
input from some external source. Something like:

B *b = SomeFactoryMethod();

Of course SomeFactoryMethod will actually return any of the dervied
classes depending on the external information.

Now here is my question. There are a set of methods such as:

processObject(C *);
processObject(D *);
processObject(E *);
.... for all derived types.

Given the base clas pointer returned from the factory, how can I call
the correct method? Obviously I can have a bunch of dynamic_cast<>'s
but that does not seem the best way. I was thinking I could do
something with templates and typeinfo?

Any ideas? Please remember that I can not change the existing classes.

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