C + + method reference


C++ feels like a new language. ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ– Bjarne Stroustrup

Say ahead

Today’s title may not be too rigorous. Here I borrow the Java language. All friends who are familiar with Java should know the meaning of method referenceJava 8 in actionA piece of code in


thereApple::getWeightThis is what we call method referenceAppleClassgetWeightPassed on tocomparing, passing the function as a first-class citizen.

  • Main topic

More precisely, how do we apply the member method to theSTLAlgorithmically? Let’s start with an example

struct Cell {
  explicit Cell(int value) : value_(value) {}
  int get_value() const { return value; }

   int value_;


std::vector<Cell> inputs = {Cell(3), Cell(10), Cell(113)};
std::vector<int> outputs;
std::transform(begin(inputs), end(inputs), back_inserter(outputs), Cell::get_value); //compile error!

We know that the above code can’t be compiled, so the problem is how to implement similar things in C + +.

Expensive solution STD:: function

We can use itC++2.0Introducedstd::functionSolve the above problem that cannot be compiled

std::transform(begin(inputs), end(inputs), std::back_inserter(outputs),
               std::function<int(const Cell&)>(&Cell::get_value));

std::functionAccept almost everything that can be called (free function, member function, static function, function object) and wrap it in a definitionoperator()Object that forwards the call to the wrapped callable object.
I’m not sure about itstd::functionAnd callable object readers can refer to my another article callable object.

Second best solution lambda

An easy way to do this is to wrap member functions inlambdain

std::transform(begin(inputs), end(inputs), back_inserter(outputs),
               [](const Cell& input) { return input.get_value(); });

It’s said herelambdaThe implementation of the expression is really simple, effective and correct. I think there is no problem in doing so. I say it is a suboptimal solution because a new variable is introduced.

The most suitable tool STD:: mem_ fn

For this example, the most suitable tool isstd::mem_fnIt’s too late. It isC++2.0After the introduction of, can replacestd::mem_funandstd::mem_fun_ref

std::transform(begin(inputs), end(inputs), back_inserter(outputs), std::mem_fn(&Cell::get_value));

The above description looks very similar to the java example in the beginning.
Here’s a brief introductionstd::mem_fnstd::mem_funandstd::mem_fun_ref

  • Introduction time

std::mem_fnAfter: C + + 11
std::mem_funandstd::mem_fun_ref: C + + 98 Standard

  • difference

std::mem_funIs the pointer version of the member function into a function object.
std::mem_fun_refIs the reference version of the member function into a function object.
std::mem_fnThen, both pointer and reference can convert a member function to a function object.

  • Header file

#include <functional>

Using range

C + + 20 introduces the concept of range library. Let’s see how to use it

auto outputs = inputs | ranges::view::transform(&Cell::get_value); // OK

Unfortunately, the current mainstreamC++The compiler does not support this writing. But readers can introduce itrange-v3, the usage is very simple, the above code does not need to modify, as long as therange-v3The header file is introduced into the project, and interested readers can study it by themselvesrange-v3This library.


aboutrangeInterested readers can refer to this website ranges

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