Friday, 1 December 2017

Procedures in C++

This is something I must have been mentioned before, but let's recall it. C++ is mainly object-oriented but I've realized that procedures work in situations where objects are not needed. Usually small generic routines and algorithms are good as procedures, because they follow the rule of not changing any dynamic data (objects).

It's ok to create classes for small tasks, but in some cases it becomes a bit clumsy when you need to create instances for extremely small things. Also, procedures tend to relieve the problem in classes when you create repeating code for each class, because inheriting is often not possible to do with any kind of working logic. This inability to use effective inheritance is one of the biggest problems in OOP at least for me. It's not easy to plan good class hierarchies that are safe from difficult changes later.

There is a place and time for procedures, but I think they are extremely bad at handling dynamic data, because then you easily lose ownership mechanism which is one of the strong features of OOP.

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