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Can someone please tell me why this code won''t work?
  // debug\exception.hpp namespace debug { class exception { public: exception() virtual ~exception() virtual void output(bool log_to_file = false) const = 0; protected: static unsigned int instances; }; // things you must define extern const char error_title[]; extern const char log_file_name[]; }; // debug\exception.cpp #include "exception.hpp" namespace debug { unsigned int exception::instances = 0; exception::exception() { instances++; } exception::~exception() { } }; // direct_x\exception.hpp namespace direct_x { // exceptions class exception : public debug::exception { public: explicit exception(const long error_code = 0) virtual void output(bool log_to_file = false) const; inline const long get_error_code() const { return( error_code ); } protected: const long error_code; }; }; // direct_x\exception.cpp namespace direct_x { exception::exception(const long error_code) : error_code(error_code) { } void exception::output(bool log_to_file) const { std::stringstream text; text << std::endl; text << "number: " << exception::instances << std::endl; text << "name: " << typeid(*this).name() << std::endl; text << "error code: " << error_code << std::endl; std::string title(debug::error_title); if( log_to_file == false ) { // output to the user MessageBox(window_handle, text.str().c_str(), title.c_str(), MB_OK); } else { // output to the log file std::fstream log(debug::log_file_name, std::ios::app / std::ios::out); log << title << std::endl; log << text.str(); } } }; // somewhere in another file if( FAILED( hr ) ) throw direct_x::surface_creation(hr); 
The problem occurs at the last line, when trying to throw an object of type direct_x::surface_creation with a long as its only parameter. Here is the compiler error:
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Map.cpp c:\program files\microsoft visual studio\myprojects\battle force\editor\source\map.cpp(417) : error C2440: ''type cast'' : cannot convert from ''long'' to ''class direct_x::surface_creation'' No constructor could take the source type, or constructor overload resolution was ambiguous c:\program files\microsoft visual studio\myprojects\battle force\editor\source\map.cpp(448) : error C2440: ''type cast'' : cannot convert from ''long'' to ''class direct_x::surface_creation'' No constructor could take the source type, or constructor overload resolution was ambiguous

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Am I dumb, or am I missing the definition of directx::surface_creation?
I think the problem lies there - you are throwing a non-exception object or something?

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I don't think the problem is with the type of class. In C++ you can throw any class as an exception, it doesn't have to be derived from some sort of 'Exception' class (unlike Java). I think you can even throw an int if you want (although I doubt the usefullness of it).

Perhaps you could do something like this:

if(FAILED( hr )) { direct_x::surface_creation ex(hr); throw ex;}

I've had some troubles with exceptions in the past, and that helped for me.

Dormeur

Edited by - dormeur on June 23, 2000 10:10:26 AM

Edited by - Dormeur on June 23, 2000 10:11:39 AM

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In C++ you can even throw nothing at all.
I've used code like this in several scenarios.
  void Foo( void ){ // Check for errors // if an error has occurred throw; // throw up nothing (its more like a dry heave)} void Bar( void ){ try { Foo() } catch( ... ) // Use ellipsis here instead of an identifier. {#ifdef __WIN32__ // Use of Win32 API function for tracing. OutputDebugString( "An error occured, crucify the programmer." );#endif goto Hell; }Hell: return; // return from hell }

Edited by - Marsupial Rodentia on June 23, 2000 12:34:49 PM

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Original post by null_pointer

Can someone please tell me why this code won''t work?

if( FAILED( hr ) )
throw direct_x::surface_creation(hr);

Map.cpp

c:\program files\microsoft visual studio\myprojects\battle force\editor\source\map.cpp(417) : error C2440: ''type cast'' : cannot convert from ''long'' to ''class direct_x::surface_creation''
No constructor could take the source type, or constructor overload resolution was ambiguous

You didn''t provide a definition of direct_x::surface_creation, but I''ll assume that it''s a subclass of direct_x::exception.

If you''re using MSVC, try renaming one of your exception classes slightly. (Like debug::exception to debug::exception_base, or similar.) MSVC has numerous problems with scope and naming that I''ve had to work around. For example:

  class Polygon { class Vertex { };};class Polyhedron { class Vertex { };};

The compiler should be able to fully understand that Polygon::Vertex is completely different than Polyhedron::Vertex, but MSVC gets it wrong. I usually end up having to rename the Vertex classes to Polygon_Vertex and Polyhedron_Vertex to make things resolve properly.

Possibly MSVC is messing up similarly named classes in different namespaces in the same way.

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Sorry for not posting a helpful reply, but I want to know how to get a nifty box for my code to show up in, rather than pasting it in the normal message area and having everything after it show up in italics. Thanks!

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Original post by Orpheum

Sorry for not posting a helpful reply, but I want to know how to get a nifty box for my code to show up in, rather than pasting it in the normal message area and having everything after it show up in italics. Thanks!

Put everything that is code between a "["source"]" and "["/source"]" tags.

Ignoring the quotation marks of course.

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Edited by - wrenhal on June 23, 2000 4:45:30 PM

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It turns out that direct_x::surface_creation was defined like this:

namespace direct_x{ class surface_creation : public exception {};}

Of course it wouldn''t work because the derived classes must also declare constructors with arguments, which in this case would be a long. Here is the corrected code:

namespace direct_x{ class surface_creation : public exception { public: surface_creation(const long hr = 0) : exception(hr) {} };}

If the constructor with arguments isn''t provided, VC thinks you''re trying to do a conversion, like this:

throw long(5); // convert from int to long

mossmoss: VC doesn''t do -too- bad with scoping, but it''s still not good enough. Your vertex example should work fine, but you have to use the scope of the vertex class whenever you refer to it outside of the class, like this:

Polygon::Vertex mypolygon[5];

Just using Vertex by itself outside the class will not give the compiler enough information to tell which Vertex you wish to use.

Here''s a problem for VC:

class file{public: class handle {};public: file();protected: handle handle;};file::file() : handle() // error here{}

VC shouldn''t choke on that, but it does. I think the problem is that VC can''t tell from the context of the statement which handle you are referring to - the type or the variable. It should be obvious to VC which one to use in any statement though.

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quote:
Original post by null_pointer
mossmoss: VC doesn''t do -too- bad with scoping, but it''s still not good enough. Your vertex example should work fine, but you have to use the scope of the vertex class whenever you refer to it outside of the class, like this:

Polygon::Vertex mypolygon[5];

Sorry, but that''s still a problem in my system. I have been using C++ professionally for a number of years and am quite fluent in everything except some of the more "exotic" language features.

Maybe the example I provided is too simple for VC to mess up, but it is representative of the structure I attempted to use. Properly scoping the subclass -- I did essentially what you have shown above -- is what I attempted and what VC failed to properly handle.

Overall, having used a half-dozen other compilers and even working a small bit on the Motorola PPC C/C++ compiler, I find MSVC does fair in compliance to standards, but still misses on many things. Even the simple:

  for (int i = 0; i < 10; ++i) { // ...} // ... for (int i = 0; i < 10; ++i) { // ...}

will not compile properly on the latest version of MSVC6.

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mossmoss: Can you post that code that VC couldn''t handle? I''d like to see it. (just for fun )

There are only two class/namespace scoping problems that I have run into (and I''ve done just about everything wrong): 1) type and data member in same scope with same name, and 2) a namespace and a class within the namespace with the same name. I already listed #1, but here''s #2 (in case I messed up the description):

namespace virtual_os { class virtual_os {}; // error here}

The for loop stuff can easily be gotten around by doing this:

  { for( int i=0; i < 10; i++ ) { // ... }}{ for( int i=0; i < 10; i++ ) { // ... }}

Which is essentially what the new scoping rules do anyway...but I still hope VC 7 does much better with standard support. I''d like to see a few less new MFC features and better standard support.

BTW, if you''re using VC professionally, you can disable the MS extensions, and doing that allows better standard support (as in supporting more features). That''s in the Project Settings dialog box somewhere.

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