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Subject: Re: [boost] [intrusive] rtti_base class proposition
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-10-20 09:24:25

Ireneusz Szpilewski wrote:
> class rtti_base
> {
> virtual void _dummy() {}
> };

Once you have virtual functions, you need a virtual destructor. Hence the base class should define a virtual destructor and then there's no need for _dummy().

> Every class deriving from rtti_base can be queried
> by means of RTTI, in particular rtti_base class
> and dynamic_cast can be used in similar way
> as IUnknown and QueryInterface() in
> COM Object Model
> The main purpose of this class is
> to set some standard name for that
> pointer type.

Why is a common, standardized or de facto standard name needed? The usual case is to create a base class for each context in which a common base is desired. There's no value, that I can see, in having a common base for all such cases.

Rob Stewart robert.stewart_at_[hidden]
Software Engineer, Core Software using std::disclaimer;
Susquehanna International Group, LLP

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