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If I declare parent object as part of a child object variable list, can I simply assign any child object to the parent object? Example: class parentobject { public: some variables; somefunctions(); } class childobject1:parentobject { public: parentobject thingie; etc... } class childobject2:parentobject { blah blah blah } . . . // main code childobject1 child1; childobject2 child2; child1.thingie=child2; Honest, I''m trying.

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child1.thingie = child2;

Won''t work unless you either:

a) make child1.thingie a pointer or a reference.
b) overload operator= to assign a childobject2 to a parentobject.

Mason McCuskey
Spin Studios - home of Quaternion, 2000 GDC Indie Games Fest Finalist!

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Oh yeah, forgot about that ''public, private, friend, protected'' for inheritance.

I kind of thought that simply assigning a object to it''s parent was too simple. It probably will be a pointer in a linked list by the time it is all said and done with.

Thanks a lot, all. It has been a year since I''ve had a go at C++, C worked fine form my <100 line utility coding I was doing. Time break out the cliff notes .

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