Re: Trouble with factory pattern

From: Alf P. Steinbach (
Date: 10/16/03

Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2003 14:52:50 GMT

On Thu, 16 Oct 2003 16:22:04 +0200, Boogie El Aceitoso <> wrote:

>I'd like to have a function factory that returns objects of a class hierarchy.
>What's the best way to deal with the fact that different subclasses will have
>different constructor arguments?

If different subclasses _require_ different constructor arguments this
should be reflected in the factory functions' argument lists. It's not
a C++ question but a design question. If there is a requirement then the
client code will have to supply those arguments, in one form or another.

>How do you keep the factory interface as clean as possible? O:-)

That depends on how you're planning to use that, as well as personal
preference (what _you_, and/or your coworkers, regard as "clean").