Re: great c++ question

 James Kanze <>
Thu, 21 Jun 2007 12:04:41 -0000
On Jun 21, 10:20 am, "Gernot Frisch" <> wrote:

You can't do that with Standard C++. However, I think you
might be able to use a modified C++ compiler that has some
reflection techniques wrt storing a full-blown metadata
representation of the class in the compiled binary. The
metadata could store the data-members along with their types
and names.

Why would you? You can use boost::any vectors for that. No need for a
special tool.

As John has pointed out, a map of boost::any just adds values to
an object---a single instance of a class. Presumably, by adding
something like a static:

    static std::map< std::string, std::type_info const* >
                        ourMembers ;

and adding whatever checks are appropriate to the getters and
setters of the class, you could get the same effect as adding
members dynamically to a class. The same effect, but no where
near the same syntax. Where as with a compiler modification,
you could write something like:

    std::string name ;
    std::cin >> name ;
    std::cout << ...

Of course, even with the compiler modifications, you couldn't
get the static typechecking which otherwise characterizes C++
class members.

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