- Explaining operator overloading
- Rationale for overloading operators
- Limitations, caveats, and choices in operator overloading
- Summary of operators you can, cannot, and should not overload
- How to overload unary plus, unary minus, increment, and decrement
- How to overload the I/O streams operators (
- How to overload the subscripting (array index) operator
- How to overload the function call operator
- How to overload the dereferencing operators (
- How to write conversion operators
- How to overload the memory allocation and deallocation operators
Please note that all the code examples for this chapter are available as a part of this chapter’s code download on the book’s website at www.wrox.com/go/proc++3e on the Download Code tab.
C++ allows you to redefine the meanings of operators, such as
+, -, and
=, for your classes. Many object-oriented languages do not provide this capability, so you might be tempted to disregard its usefulness in C++. However, it can be beneficial for making your classes behave similarly to built-in types such as
doubles. It is even possible to write classes that look like arrays, functions, or pointers.
Chapters 5 and 6 introduce object-oriented design and operator overloading, respectively. Chapters 7 and 8 present the syntax details for objects and for basic operator overloading. This chapter picks up operator overloading ...