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From: Stathie Triadis (stathie_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-02-28 18:04:44

Boost Users/Developers,

I'm writing to gauge interest in an 'abstract factory',
very similar to the recently accepted functional/factory.

I realise there has been interest in this idea in the past
(ctor_fn), but nothing seems to have come of it (that I am
aware of). Does anything similar exist?

Example code:

// Given an inheritance hierarchy where the base class
// constructor has a certain signature...
struct A
    A(const string&, int){}
    virtual ~A(){}
struct B : public A
    B(const string& s, int i) : A(s, i) {}
    virtual ~B(){}

// typedef some factories...
typedef abstract_factory<A*(const string&, int)> AFactory;
typedef concrete_factory<AFactory, B*, MyAllocator> BFactory;

// Use them...
AFactory* factory = new BFactory;
A* a = (*factory)("a string", 1); // Look ma, temporaries.

vector<string> v1;
vector<A*> v2;
transform(v1.begin(), v1.end(), back_inserter(v2),
          bind<A*>(ref(*factory), _1, 1234));

The naming of 'abstract_factory' and 'concrete_factory' is
reminiscent of the Loki AbstractFactory and ConcreteFactory,
as is the idea of passing the abstract_factory as a template
parameter into concrete_factory.

I'm new to this mailing list as well, so I'm not aware of
all previous conversation on this topic.

What do you think?

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