Re: Inheritance question

Andrea Crotti <>
Tue, 02 Nov 2010 14:26:20 +0100
Jorgen Grahn <> writes:

Well, structs *are* classes ... and "big buffers" are neither.

Maybe you meant "aren't" classes? Otherwise I don't get the neither...>

I'm assuming your problem is not to "manipulate some network data" but
to implement one end of some protocol. And it's probably some
datagram-based protocol rather than streamed text over TCP.

My advice is:

- Don't focus on those messages. Focus on the /protocol/ and the
  things the protocol manipulates. The /state/, if there is such a

- Don't insist on run-time polymorphism for the messages. That's a
  whole lot of complexity for eliminating what might be just one
  switch ... case:
  while(1) {
      char buf[1000];
      recv(socket, buf, sizeof buf);
      RxMessage msg(buf); // no copying needed

  void handle(const RxMessage& rx)
      switch(msg.type) {

What I have to do is to take the raw data, see what it is and pass it to
the next level.
This also in the other direction. I don't really implement network
protocols but more routing protocols (with omnet also).

So what I thought was something like

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
Packet p = Packet::createPacket(buffer);
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

where that thing will internally create an object of the right type with
a switch case like

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
static Packet Packet::createPacket(buffer) {
switch (buffer[1])
       case 0:
            // create the object on the rest of the buffer
            return Beacon(buffer[1:]);
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

The the "handlePacket" function would be always called in the same way
but behaving differently.

I'm not sure either is worthy because I have to see how many things are
actually equal between the different packets, but well I think I should try...

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