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Old 07-28-2005, 06:39 AM   #1
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dynamic class instantiation in c++?


first i have to say i need to solve this problem using linux, but i think it's a more c++ related question than linux

what i need:
explanation: i know that templates can generalize the datatype used for a class
so the class can work with an int, string, char, pointers
simply with different data types
my problem is something similar
i need a template for instaniating a class
this means, i want a configuration file, which says which class i need to use for the job i have to do
something like a string to object converter ;-)

i thought about make a abstract class and inherit from this and instantiate the needed class using the string
but the point is, i don't know how (or if this is possible) instantiate a object where the only knowledge of which object type to use is my configuration string

i hope it's understandable

Old 07-28-2005, 08:30 AM   #2
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From your explination it sounds like you are wanting to build an object factory.

The best advice I can give is to google on "factory design pattern" or "design patterns in C++"
Old 07-28-2005, 08:50 AM   #3
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i have found this googling for dynamic class loading
Old 07-28-2005, 08:59 AM   #4
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That is a nice article.

Specific to implementing a factory in C++ under linux.

Good find :-)


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