Re: static method returning inherited type

"Victor Bazarov" <>
Wed, 21 Jun 2006 08:43:52 -0400
Dan wrote:

Fred Zwarts wrote:

"Dan" <> wrote in message

I have class B and C which inherit from class A.
I have a static method:

A* aRequest(unsigned char *byte_buffer, size_t length)
   A *foo;

   if(something == true)
       foo = new B;
       return foo;
       foo = new C;
       return foo;

So that when the method aRequest is called from my parser it should
return a pointer to one of the subclass types B or C.

Problem is when I try to use this:

XMLRequest *foggy;
foggy = A::aRequest(buffer, len);

It says the referenced object "someOtherMethod" is not a member of
class A. Can anybody help me out here? I'm not really sure how to
do it properly.

It is not clear what you mean.
Is someOtherBMethod the same as someOtherMethod?
Are these methods of class A, or of class B?
Is XMLRequest the same as A?
Note that you cannot call methods of class B with a pointer to a
class A object.
If you want to access a method of class B with a pointer to a class
A object,
you could try to use dynamic_cast to convert the foggy pointer to an
other pointer
which the points to an object of class B.

Sorry for not being clear.
someOtherBMethod is a method that is only in the subclass B, with no
equivalent in A.
A* aRequest(...) isn't in either A or B it's a static method in
another (my parser) class.
XMLRequest is A, that was a c&p error on my part. whoops.

I'm trying to create a static method that will return a pointer to a
subclass of A object, ie either B or C. I'm just unsure of how to
handle it.

You're doing it right. However, what to do with that pointer _after_
you have got it from that function seems to present a mystery even to
you. Why do you have the base class? Why are you returning a pointer
to the base class? Doesn't the caller of 'A::aRequest' care what type
the actual object has? If it doesn't, read up on polymorphism. If it
does, why don't you return a pointer to the class the caller needs?

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