Re: Singleton base class

Bart van Ingen Schenau <>
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 06:46:19 CST
Vicky wrote:

Can we define a base class say Singleton whose responsibility will be
make its own derived class Singleton too without tempting the internal
structure and representation of derived class. Ex:

No, because if TestClass has a public constructor & destructor, there is
very little to stop a user from writing
   Testclass a;
   Testclass b;
and defeating the one-instance policy.

class Singleton

class TestClass : <access specifier> Singleton
       // No changes are allowed here because it is already well

We can't even add "friend class Singleton" in TestClass.

If you can live with a runtime error, instead of a compile-time error
for attempting to create multiple instances, you could inherit from this

template <class Derived>
class Singleton
   static Derived& getInstance()
     static Derived instance;
     return instance;
     if (m_instanceExist)
       throw std::logic_error("Singleton policy broken");
     m_instanceExists = true;
   ~Singleton() { m_instanceExists = false; }
   Singleton(const Singleton&); // not implemented
   void operator=(const Singleton&); // not implemented

   static bool m_instanceExists;

class TestClass : public Singleton<TestClass>
   // original contents of TestClass

Thanks in advance

Bart v Ingen Schenau
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