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Old   October 18, 2021, 12:35
Default Lazy programming: ommitting multiple inheritance
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Dear Foamers

Untill now I've been able to program my own function objects by copying useful code from different existing function objects. So far everything is working, but it's always a hustle of selecting the code and reading existing code, which takes a lot of time. So I figured that it would just be more easy to just make instances of the existing classes and 'grab' the info from the instances and preform the action you want to preform on them.

So the goal is for instance to make the header file like this:
Code:
#include "functionA.H"
#include "functionB.H"
#include "functionC.H"



// * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * //


namespace Foam
{
namespace functionObjects
{



/*---------------------------------------------------------------------------*\
                   Class myOwnStuff Declaration
\*---------------------------------------------------------------------------*/

class myOwnStuff
:
    public functionA,
    public functionB,
    public functionC,
{

    // Private Data
.......
So when I tried to do this I inevitably stumbled upon issues with multiple inheritance: i.e. the same function or variable gets loaded a second time. For instance the variable 'mesh_'.
This variable is an fvMesh and is being used multiple times in different classes and represents (most of the time) the same thing. An fvMesh holds a lot of information which you want to extract. But since this is created multiple times your compiler returns a lot of errors. Not only instances of classes but also methods and variables are inherited multiple times. So this is more than just one type of diamond problem.

My question is: is there an elegant way of programming like this and ommitting the multiple inheritance issues?

For instance: the 'mesh_' errors can be omitted by declaring a private data member
Code:
        //- Reference to the fvMesh
        const fvMesh& mesh_;
and writing this in the constructor:
Code:
mesh_(refCast<const fvMesh>(obr_))
I wasn't able to compile everything so I don't know if this would really solve the problem
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