yet another problem w/collections

these questions go beyond my knowledge of pC++, so I forwarding this mail
to the sagebugs mailing list.

Can you guys in Indina comment on the issues below?

Forwarded message:
> Date: Thu, 2 Feb 95 16:37:33 -0800
> From: Nate Bernstein <nate@skinner.cs.uoregon.edu>
> To: mohr
> Subject: yet another problem w/collections
> I'm having a problem with Collection method functions that are NOT inline.
> method functions that are not declared inline don't seem to be able to access
>  member fields of the Element class.
> I think I can get around this by using:
>  (Blob *)this->member_field;
> where Blob is the type of the Element class, but this will cause a problem
>  if I define a collection with a different class of Element.
> It does not work to use:
>  (ElementType *)this->member_field;
> because functions that are not inline don't seem to know what ElementType is.
> I've been trying stuff like:
>  ((((CreatureList<ElementType> *)ThisCollection)->ElementType *)this)->member;
> where CreatureList is the Collection name,
> but so far, no luck with this mess...
> I would just declare all of the functions inline, except that 
>  ThisCollection does not work inline.  I think this is because, during
>  compilation of this point in the code, the Collection definition is 
>  incomplete, and so the ThisCollection pointer is not well defined...
> --nate

Bernd Mohr   --   mohr@cs.uoregon.edu   --  http://www.cs.uoregon.edu/~mohr

Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in
the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.          -- Calvin