Re: Partial template class specialization?

"MikeWhy" <>
Thu, 31 Mar 2011 13:43:13 -0500
"Victor Bazarov" <v.bazarov@comcast.invalid> wrote in message

On 3/31/2011 11:26 AM, MikeWhy wrote:

"Qi" <> wrote in message news:imujtd$kpu$

On 2011-3-30 1:18, MikeWhy wrote:

template <bool AutoReset, class T>
class TimerNode {
void OnTimer();
void DoCall();
template <class T>
void TimerNode<true, T>::OnTimer()
template <class T>
void TimerNode<false, T>::OnTimer()
{ DoCall();

You can only partial specialize template.
You need to split TimerNode to two templates,
TimerNodeBase and TimerNode (inherited from TimerNodeBase).
Then put OnTimer in TimerNode and partial specialize TimerNode.

Does that actually change anything? I can separate the classes as you
say, but it still has the problem of partial specialization.

template <typename T> class TimerNodeBase {...};

template <bool AutoReset, typename T>
class TimerNode : public TimerNodeBase<T> {...}; // as before.

template <> void TimerNode<true>::OnTimer(){ ... } // problems, as before
template <> void TimerNode<false>::OnTimer(){ ... } // problems, as

The full context is as follows. TimerNode is embedded in class
CallbackTimer, templatized on its calllback client. They pre-existed
that way with auto-reset being the default and only behavior. I wanted
to add an option to just unlink from the timer and not auto-reset, hence
the new

template <typename T, bool AutoReset = true>
class CallbackTimer
struct TimerNode; // as before.

DoubleLinkedList<TimerNode> timers;

It would be nice to have that supported simply in the language. I
haven't checked the more recent language proposed standard.

Get a copy of the "Modern C++ Design" by Alexandrescu. What you seem to
want to do is to make your resetting feature optional. Policy fits right
into that. Essentially you write

    template<typename T, typename ResetPolicy>
    class CallbackTimer
        void OnTimer() {
           ResetPolicy::Reset(this); // if you need anything

    struct ResetPolicyReset
        template<class T> static void Reset(T* pCBTimer) {

    struct ResetPolicyDontReset
        static void Reset(void*) {} // do nothing

    // when you need a timer that resets:
      CallbackTimer<TickProc, ResetPolicyReset> resettingTimer;

    // when you need a timer that doesn't reset:
      CallbackTimer<TickProc, ResetPolicyDontReset> plainTimer;

Now, just like with the 'if (bReset)' that we discussed before, you have
to rely on the compiler to not generate code that is not needed.

Policy-based design (like type traits, too) rely on the compiler's ability
to refrain from generating code when it's not needed. Try it.

Thanks, and to Francesco as well. I actually read Alexandrescu's years ago
(7 years? 8? Time surely does fly.) ResetPolicy is the right way to do it.
Again, thanks.

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