Re: simple class

From: (Stefan Ram)
11 May 2014 18:53:36 GMT
Richard Damon <> writes:

If we started with a
typedef double MoneyType;
at the beginning of the header, and getBalance() defined to return a
MoneyType, then if the client used the MoneyType also, then no change in
client code might be needed.

  In the client, one can have case A (old solution):

double b = account.getBalance();

  or case B (your new suggestion):

MoneyType b = account.getBalance();

  . In case A, the client's author can then write

::std:cout << 0.05 * b;

  . In case B, the client needs more support from the
  implementation to be able to do this. The client's author is
  not supposed to know that ?MoneyType? is just ?double?.
  Therefore, he cannot write:

::std:cout << 0.05 * b;

  , because he does not know whether MoneyType supports those
  operations and what their semantics is. But usually the
  client might need to calculated something with the balance
  or to serialize it to a human-readable stream. So he needs
  more support from the library than just the statement
  ?MoneyType is an opaque type that you do not need to know
  anything about.?

  Possibly, MoneyType might grow to become a new type
  implemented by a class. Well, then this class better not
  have a ?toDouble()? method, because otherwise the clients
  might use it and then the same problem will arise anew.

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