Template confusion

Discussion in 'C++' started by ma740988, Oct 26, 2004.

  1. ma740988

    ma740988 Guest

    In an attempt to write generic code for data types int, float,
    double..., a template seems like the most viable solution.

    So now, the .h file contains the prototypes for the functions and the
    cpp contains the definitions of the functions. The compiler should
    give errors - rightly so - if template<class T> is not specified
    before the prototype AND before the header of the definition in the

    template<class T>
    T DoASpecialThing (T Number);

    Then it dawned on me. Perhaps I could make the above definition look
    'nicer'. As a result one thought involved creating a typedef for the
    template defintions. Akin to (WARNING. I KNOW THIS DOESN'T WORK)

    typedef template <class T>

    In the end, I'm opting to create/would like to create my own sort of
    "data type" that accepts unknowns, like template. Organized code is
    one of the goals so I suspect a typedef would be option 1 or ..
    Example(s) appreaciated.

    It appears to me that I'm might be threading down the path of 'traits'
    or specilization. Both of which I'm not savy on, nonetheless ...
    ma740988, Oct 26, 2004
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  2. You have to have the template definitions in the header as well, or
    put them in a separate file included at the very end by the header. It
    won't work to put them in a .cpp file (unless you might be using the
    new "export" keyword, which I haven't used yet).
    Typedef template is a feature which has often been requested, but has
    not yet made it into the language. If you google for the concept, I'm
    sure you will find many posts on comp.std.c++ dealing with the

    Also, check out the "proxy" design pattern.
    Bob Hairgrove, Oct 26, 2004
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