October 15th, 2003, 08:44 AM
for what reason should I use friend function?
isn't friend function break the encapsulation concept of class?
Last edited by zacharya; October 15th, 2003 at 08:48 AM.
October 15th, 2003, 10:25 AM
Answer to part 1: you should try to avoid using friends unless it is absolutely necessary. When is it necessary? Rarely. Probably the most common (and "safest") is if you make a contained class a friend of the containing class. At least, this is the situation in which I've mostly found myself using friends.
Answer to part 2: Yes. It also increases coupling, so is doubly a bad thing
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