Using base class constructor
While preparing slides for my next on-site training I stumbled across the C++11 powers of
using. Specifically together with constructors of a base class. Here is a sample:
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This is another neat feature to reduce repetition in our code. Except with one downside, these constructors do not initialize members of the derived class. You probably already know that. However, this was the point I like to show to the attendees with C++ Insights. It turned out that C++ Insights did not support this transformation. It does now:
In this transformation you can see what happens behind your back. The compiler introduces a constructor, or constructors, with the same parameters as in the base class. This constructor calls it correspondent in the base class. Finished. The member variables of the derived class do not get initialized. To prevent this missing initialization C++11 also gave us in class initialization of variables:
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If you change your code such that you inline-initialize
mX the generated code changes as you can see in this output.
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