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From: dp12-ipvi_at_[hidden]
Date: 2004-08-12 18:28:24

Use std::list<boost::shared_ptr>

I hope I spelled all that correctly.


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I'm quite sure that this problem has been addressed many times before, so I
suspect it as a better name and I suspect that boost::any could be the
I want to store related types in the same stl container, for instance, this
is the class heirachy I want:
class tree { public: void grow() =0; };
class oak : public tree { public: void grow() { std::cout << "oak grows
slowly" << std::endl; }; class pine : public tree { public: void grow() {
std::cout << "pine grows quickly" << std::endl; }; Then, I try to put them
in a std::list:
std::list< tree > forest;
...and I find out that I can't define tree::grow as abstract. So I give it
a dummy implentation -- void grow() { std::cout << "tree grows" <<
std::endl; --, and try to iterate over the objects:
for(std::list< tree >::iterator iter = forest.begin(); forest.end() != iter;
++iter) {
...and I don't get what I expect:
tree grows
tree grows
I then think about trying to use a std::list< tree& > and discover that it
won't compile. I think briefly consider std::list< tree* > but decide this
dosen't meet requirements of memory management.
So I do some searching for 'polymorphic container' and 'polymorphic
iterator' and come up with boost::any, but I've no luck in making it work.
Attached is my code.
In the end, I'm looking for a way to add related types to a stl container
and not have to do anything complicated to call a method on the type's
abstract interface and to not have to wory about memory management. Maybe
this question is better suited for comp.lang.c++[.moderated]?
-- Matthew Peltzer
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