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Building Decorator Chains

, 22 Oct 2010 CPOL
The article explains a method, how flexible and extendible decorator chains can be built in a generic way. Its power is best seen if it is used with boost::factory and boost::bind.
decorator_chain.zip
decorator_chain
#include <iostream>
#include <string>

#include <boost/functional/factory.hpp>
#include <boost/bind.hpp>
#include <boost/bind/placeholders.hpp>

#include "decorator_chain.hpp"

using namespace std;

class abstract_class
{
public:

    virtual void do_something( int a , int b ) = 0;
};

class concrete_class_a : public abstract_class
{
    int m_value;

public:

    concrete_class_a( int value )
    : m_value( value ) { }

    void do_something( int a , int b )
    {
        cout << "concrete_class_a : " << m_value << "\t" << a << "\t" << b << "\n";
    }

};

class concrete_class_b : public abstract_class
{
    string &m_str;

public:

    concrete_class_b( string &str )
    : m_str( str ) { }

    void do_something( int a , int b )
    {
        cout << "concrete_class_b : " << m_str << "\t" << a << "\t" << b << "\n";
    }
};


class decorator_a : public abstract_class
{
    abstract_class *m_decoratedClass;
    int m_value;

public:

    decorator_a( abstract_class *decoratedClass , int value )
    : m_decoratedClass( decoratedClass ) , m_value( value ) { }

    void do_something( int a , int b )
    {
        m_decoratedClass->do_something( a , b );
        cout << "decorator_a : " << m_value << "\t" << a << "\t" << b << "\n";
    }
};

class decorator_b : public abstract_class
{
    abstract_class *m_decoratedClass;
    string m_str;

public:

    decorator_b( abstract_class *decoratedClass , const string &str )
    : m_decoratedClass( decoratedClass ) , m_str( str ) { }

    void do_something( int a , int b )
    {
        m_decoratedClass->do_something( a , b );
        cout << "decorator_b : " << m_str << "\t" << a << "\t" << b << "\n";
    }
};

int main( int argc , char **argv )
{
    string str = "main";

    concrete_class_a c1( 10 );
    concrete_class_b c2( str );

    decorator_a d1( &c1 , 22 );
    decorator_b d2( &c2 , "Hello!" );

    d1.do_something( 2 , 3 );
    d2.do_something( 4 , 5 );



    return 0;
}

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