Class templates and singleton container

Bit Byter <>
Sat, 1 Nov 2008 04:01:41 -0700 (PDT)
I want to write a (singleton) container for instances of my class
templates, however, I am not too sure on how to:

1). Store the instances
2). How to write the acccesor method (instance()) to retrieve an
instance of particular template
3). What type to return an instance as ..

Assuming I have the following code:

class template

template <class T1, class T2>
class MyTree
    T1 foo(const T2& a1);
    T2 foobar(const T1& a1, const T2& a2);

// Notes
// Instance prototype not completed (see question 2 and 3)
// Ideally, when an instance of a particular class is requested, if it
dosen't yet exist, then an
// instance is created and stored in the 'repository'
class Container


int main(int argc, char* argv[])
     Container c;

     MyTree<double, int> * t1 = c.instance(/*some args here*/);
     MyTree<string, double> *t2 = c.instance(/*some args here*/);


Last but not the least, I want to be able to treat objects returned by
the instance() method, in a generic way (i.e. in this example, I want
to be able to treat them generically, as trees). Should I use
inheritance (i.e. the class template inherits from a base Tree class)
like this:

template <class T1, class T2>
class MyTree : public Tree
    T1 foo(const T2& a1);
    T2 foobar(const T1& a1, const T2& a2);

or is there a better way?

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