[aspectc-user] Introducing/overloading constructors.

Matthias Urban matthias.urban at pure-systems.com
Tue Aug 24 13:28:28 CEST 2004


Jean J wrote:
> Hi,
> Is there a way to overload a constructor of a class in
> AspectC++ ?
> I am trying to introduce a new constructor into one of
> my classes. In my aspect file I write :
> aspect MYASPECT {
> public:
> advice "MyObject":
>   MyObject(int x, int y, int z) {
>     // object constructor
>   }
> };
> but ac++ generates the following error:
> invalid member declaration near token `int'
> Is there something wrong with my advice. And is it
> possible to overload / introduce new constructors into
> classes in aspectc++ ?
> 10nx

Introducing constructors and destructors is not yet directly supported. 
Though, it is possible to trick ac++ so that a constructor is introduced 
into a class. You can do this with the above aspect but you have to 
ensure that MyObject is not yet known as class to ac++, i.e. there must 
not be an #include "MyObject.h" or the class declaration of MyObject 
itself before the aspect declaration. ac++ will then interpret 
MyObject(int,int,int) as an ordinary member function instead as a 
constructor (as it is in the context of class MyObject) and introduces 
it like any other member function. This is only a trick and it doesn't 
work for destructors because ~Name is not a valid function name.

The reason for all this is because ISO C++ defines constructors and 
destructors not to have names! So you also can't write a pointcut 
expression matching constructors/destructors. But a solution for this is 
already in work.


Matthias Urban                          Phone: +49-391-544569-32
pure-systems GmbH                       Fax:   +49-391-544569-90
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