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Hi all, I know this is going to sound stupid but why does the following code not work
 template<typename type>
 type* foo<type>::get() 
 {
   return (type*)bar;
 }

It'll give me an error when I assign that to a pointer. However, if I were to make it constant like this:
 template<typename type>
 type* foo<type>::get() const
 {
    return (type*)bar;
 }

It works... I don't mind using that code I was going to change it to something like that anyway. But why does the first method not work!?

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Neither will compile since "bar" is undefined. And even then, the "const" in your second case won't compile, since it can only be applied to a class method (which is obviously not the case here, since you posted no classes).

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