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Subject: [Boost-users] [msm] how to write a generic class for all state machine back-end.
From: Jerry Chen (jerryunsw_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-06-22 19:55:10

In our project, we need a generic interface to refer to different state
machine (back-end). For example, in the following codes, we want to use
SMBase* to refer to any concrete state machine. SMBase should have similar
interface as state machine.

struct User {
  A(SMBase* s) : sm(s) ();
  SMBase* sm;
  // User can use sm->start(), sm->process_event() etc

struct SMBase
  virtual void start() = 0;
  ... // how to design the rest ???

// a wrapper implement SMBase
template < typename SM >
class SMWrapper : public SMBase{
  SMWrapper(SM & s): sm(s){};
  virtual void start() { sm.start(); }
  SM sm;

  typedef boost::msm::back::state_machine SM1;
  typedef boost::msm::back::state_machine SM2;

  User a1(new SMWrapper(SM1()) ); // Wrap the concrete state machine and
pass it to User.
  User a2(new SMWrapper(SM2()) ); // Pass a different state machine.

The problem of designing SMBase is the function "process_event". We want it
to to be virtual function so SMWrapper can implement it. But it also needs
to be a template according to state machine interface. But we cannot have a
virtual template function.

How can we achieve/design this generic state machine interface?
Many thanks.

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