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Templates and Static Libraries

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I am very frustrated with this problem... I want to have a library with a bunch of data structures, i want the user to only have to link the .lib and include the .h. I do NOT want all the implementation to be contained in the .h file, just the interface. Heres the problem, my data structues use templates, now apparently in Visual C++ i have two options, define all my templated classes fully in one file (the .h file) or make sure I do explicit functions in the .cpp file (that is, make sure I have a funciton for each type I want to use, NOT practical) I simply want the implementation hidden from the user and use templates, sounds simple enough but is it even possible? I dont want to explicitly define the types the functions will work with because I don''t even know at this point..and that seems a total waste of the necessity of templates. Bah, im frustrated..please, if anyone knows a way I can put my entire templated class in a .lib and link from that, please let me know.

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