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Language: C++
Expertise: All
May 21, 1998

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Emergency Exit

This is a trick you should never, ever apply, unless it is your last chance to meet the deadline for the presentation which will save your job:
 
  #define private public
  #define protected public
  #define class struct

  #include...
I am sure, even if you never have seen this trick before, you immediately realize what it does: It silently breaks the whole encapsulation system of C++. You can access all internals of the class definitions in the included header files. This is an emergency exit; it is definitely not a reasonable method to overcome the problems caused by bad design choices. However, it is still better than other "tricks" based on dirty conversions, which I have seen in existing code.
Karsten Weihe
 
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