Overloading the Prefix Increment Operator

Suppose that we want to add 1 to the day in Date object d1. When the compiler sees the preincrementing expression ++d1, the compiler generates the member-function call


The prototype for this operator member function would be

Date &operator++();

If the prefix increment operator is implemented as a non-member function, then, when the compiler sees the expression ++d1, the compiler generates the function call

operator++( d1 )

The prototype for this non-member operator function would be declared as

Date &operator++( Date & );

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