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Using macros to simulate “delphi” properties in C

Using macros to simulate “delphi” properties in C

Question:
Is there a way to do some macro magic with members of a given class sothat when a designated name is called, itinvokes the macro that called the class member,such as:

class Point{      int x,y;public:     void  Set_X(int n){x=n;}     int  Get_X(){return x;}    … etc …};#define PROPERTY(name,read,write)………..//use macro on point classPROPERTY(X,Get_X,Set_X);….  Point p;    //declare an object  int x;  x = p.X;    // macro inserts   p.Get_X() here  p.X = x;   // macro inserts   p.Set_X(x) here

Answer:
No, there is no way to make a macro do what you are looking for,but another technique can be used here if you absoulutely must do that.

class Point{public:	const int &x;	const int &y;	Point (int xc,int yc) : x(x_),y(y_),x_(xc),y_(yc)	{	}private:	int x_;	int y_;};
Here I have declared two references to integers that are initialized with thevalues of x_ and y_ so they can be accessed as read-only variables ofthe object. This of course only works for the simplest of cases andshould be avoided as much as possiable.

The C++ language does not provide a simple mechanism to do this, so it is necessary to write the get/set routines for properties of a class. If it is any consolation, you can choose to name the get/set method the same. For example:

class Point{public:	Point (int xc,int yc) : x_(xc),y_(yc)	{	}	void x(const int xc){x_ = xc;}	int x() const { return x_;}private:	int x_;	int y_;};
This looks a lot better than setX and getX.

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