Introduction

We now consider several advanced C++ features. First, you will learn about the const_cast operator, which allows programmers to add or remove the const qualification of a variable. Next, we discuss namespaces, which can be used to ensure that every identifier in a program has a unique name and can help resolve naming conflicts caused by using libraries that have the same variable, function or class names. We then present several operator keywords that are useful for programmers who have keyboards that do not support certain characters used in operator symbols, such as !, &, ^, ~ and |. We continue our discussion with the mutable storage-class specifier, which enables a programmer to indicate that a data member should always be modifiable, even when it appears in an object that is currently being treated as a const object by the program. Next we introduce two special operators that we can use with pointers to class members to access a data member or member function without knowing its name in advance. Finally, we introduce multiple inheritance, which enables a derived class to inherit the members of several base classes. As part of this introduction, we discuss potential problems with multiple inheritance and how virtual inheritance can be used to solve those problems.





C++ How to Program
C++ How to Program (5th Edition)
ISBN: 0131857576
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 627
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