Containers have a few properties in common that can simplify the passing of or the development of methods that use generic containers. Rather than having a suite of overloaded functions, a simple template argument with a concept check will suffice for all variants.

Compiling & Linking

Include the following at the top of any translation unit for which you are running compile time checks on your blueprint classes.

Since it only uses macros and templatised objects, no linking is required for just this feature.

Concept Definition

Classes passing the ContainerConcept must satisfy:

  • begin() : a method for retrieving a pointer/iterator to the start of the container.
  • end() : a method for retrieving a pointer/iterator to the end of the container.
  • size() : a method for retrieving the number of elements stored in the container.

Dynamic Containers

Classes passing the DynamicContainerConcept must additionally satisfy:

  • resize(int) : a method for resizing the number of elements managed by the container.

Byte Containers

In addition, if it is testing for a byte container, then it will do a check on the value type in the container and fail if it is not a char (uses a trick via specialisations and private constructors to ensure a compile time failure).


Use with the compile time concept check whenever you wish to check for a container template class.

template<typename T>
void f(const T& container) {
unsigned int size = container.size();
template<typename T>
void g(const T& byte_container) {
unsigned int size = container.size();
char c = container[0];
Compile time meta-programming concepts.
Defines validating functionality for the signed byte container concept.
Definition: containers.hpp:278
Defines validating functionality for the byte container concept.
Definition: containers.hpp:243
Defines validating functionality for the dynamic container concept.
Definition: containers.hpp:75
Defines validating functionality for the container concept.
Definition: containers.hpp:43

Author(s): Daniel Stonier
autogenerated on Sun Aug 2 2020 03:12:08