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    Smart pointers

    I was told that my code will be greatly simplified if I start using smart pointers available in C++11. However, it is kind of hard for me to get the syntax.

    In the old way I simply write:

    std::vector<Foo *> m_myVector;
    m_myVector.push_back( new Foo( <constructor_parameter_list> ) );
    How it will convert using the new syntax?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Smart pointers

    std::vector<unique_ptr<Foo>> m_myVector;
    For a compilable example consider

    	using Foo = int;
    	std::vector<std::unique_ptr<Foo>> m_myVector;
    	std::cout << *m_myVector.back() << std::endl;
    you'll also need to include <memory>

    For more info see https://en.cppreference.com/w/cpp/memory

    when m_myvector goes out of scope, all the memory used by the unique_ptr's will be freed automatically.

    Note that a unique_ptr can't be copied - only moved. If you need a smart pointer that can be copied use shared_ptr and make_shared().
    Last edited by 2kaud; June 27th, 2018 at 11:34 AM.
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    Re: Smart pointers

    Quote Originally Posted by OneEyeMan View Post
    How it will convert using the new syntax?
    Something like this,

    	#include <memory>
    	class Foo {};
    	std::vector<std::shared_ptr<Foo>> m_myVector;
    	m_myVector.push_back(std::make_shared<Foo>(/* <constructor_parameter_list> */));
    The C++ type usually referred to as "smart pointer" is called std::shared_ptr.

    std::make_shared is a convenience function that's often used to create std::shared_ptr<> objects.
    Last edited by wolle; June 27th, 2018 at 11:41 AM.

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