© Ivor Horton and Peter Van Weert 2018
Ivor Horton and Peter Van WeertBeginning C++17https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-3366-5_16

16. Class Templates

Ivor Horton1  and Peter Van Weert2
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, UK
Kessel-Lo, Belgium

You learned about templates that the compiler uses to create functions in Chapter 9; this chapter is about templates the compiler can use to create classes. Class templates are a powerful mechanism for generating new class types automatically. A significant portion of the C++ Standard Library is built entirely on the ability to define templates. Both function and class templates are used extensively throughout the Library to provide versatile, generic utilities, algorithms, and data structures.

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