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    Query with relation to member function and object in Class

    Is it possible to create member function in a class without using or without creating an object? If so in what scenarios can one achieve this also tell me if this concept is possible is this used in real time applications.


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    Re: Query with relation to member function and object in Class

    Hi Everyone,

    This is Sriharsha congratulations for the three winners

    ---Harsha


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    Re: Query with relation to member function and object in Class

    I fail to understand how Harsha'a post came here... I could see he's new here... Kindly can eny of the moderators delete/move that post which is irrelevant for the discussion?


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    Re: Query with relation to member function and object in Class

    Yes. You can use static funstions for this purpose. Static functions should be used without having an instance of the class. Here's an example.
    #include <stream.h>

    static const int MAX_STACK = 100;

    class Stack
    {
    private:
    static int stack[MAX_STACK];
    static int top;

    public:
    static void push (int item) { stack[top++] = item; }
    static int pop () { return stack[--top]; }
    static int is_empty () { return top == 0; }
    static int is_full () { return top >= MAX_STACK; }
    };

    main ()
    {
    for (srandom (time (0L)); !Stack::is_full (); Stack:: push (random ()))
    ;

    while (!Stack::is_empty ())
    cout << Stack:: pop() << "\n";
    }
    Cheers,
    Kalayama


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    Re: Query with relation to member function and object in Class

    Kalayama thanks for you reply. I understood that static function is used for the query I asked.But could you tell me why we need such concept or in other words in what scenarios would we use these.


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    Re: Query with relation to member function and object in Class

    Well, I personally have used this feature to handle exception in multi-threaded programs.

    There are a number of other possible usages for static functions. (I remember answering the same question in Geek interview, may be in Q&A or FAQ section. Search for it, might have written more there)

    PS: Too little time mate, will post a detailed reply soon

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