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From: Ben Hutchings (ben.hutchings_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-05-18 09:38:50

kauai wrote:
> Hi all,
> Just wondering if I can do this with Boost:
> I have a number of classes that all have the same static
> method with the same arguments. I want to register these
> classes somewhere/somehow so that later on I can do
> something like:
> aClassName::StaticMethod(pData, len); // for example
> At runtime aClassName whould be the actual class, for
> example would resolve to:
> BobsClass::StaticMethod(pData, len);
> In Java I think I would use the class "Class" to do
> something like this, but dont know how in C++.

I don't think Boost provides anything to help you with this, but it's
not terribly difficult to do. I'm guessing you're actually trying to
implement named factories, so here's an example of how to do that:

#include <cstddef>
#include <iostream>
#include <map>
#include <stdexcept>
#include <string>
#include <utility>

class base
     // definition omitted

typedef base * factory_type(void *, std::size_t);

// Singleton register of factory functions
class factory_register
     typedef std::map<std::string, factory_type *> map_type;

     factory_register() {}
     ~factory_register() {}

     map_type map_;

     // Get the register
     static factory_register & get()
         static factory_register reg;
         return reg;
     // Add function to registry
     void add(const std::string & name, factory_type * fun)
         map_.insert(map_type::value_type(name, fun));
     // Call a factory function
     base * create(const std::string & name, void * p, std::size_t len)
         map_type::const_iterator it = map_.find(name);
         if (it == map_.end())
             throw std::runtime_error("named factory not found");
         return it->second(p, len);

class my_class : public base
     my_class(void *, std::size_t);

     static bool dummy_;

     static base * create(void * p, std::size_t len)
         return new my_class(p, len);

     // other functions omitted

// This variable is not used but its initialisation causes the factory
// function to be registered.
bool my_class::dummy_ =
     (factory_register::get().add("my_class", my_class::create), true);

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