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I'm using C++ and am working on a debugging add-on for my program. I have an object, that has an object, that has a couple of classes, that has ... and I need a way to show these things in the debugger in realtime. I was wondering if maybe there was some macro trickery I could utilise; something like: #define TRIFUNCT(x, i, y) ((x->triData.y)) ... char* data = "parentFace"; for(...) int value = TRIFUNCT(obj, i, data); if I wanted to display all of obj->triData.parentFace. I know this won't work, but maybe something like it. Either that or a something similar to how in Visual Studio when you type something in, it brings it up. I'm quite sure how to turn inputted text into a function call.

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void print (int, int, int) {std::cout << "flan is also known as creme caramel." << std::endl;}
typedef void (ternery_function) (int, int, int);
std::map<const char*, ternery_function> string_to_ternery_function;
string_to_ternery_function.insert("print", print);

That's from memory. There may be some syntax juggling.

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I'm trying to insert values into the map, but it keeps giving me an error saying: error C2436: 'second' : member function or nested class in constructor initializer list

I tried:

typedef map<const char*, ternery_function> MYMAP;
string_to_ternery_function.insert(MYMAP::value_type("print", print));


string_to_ternery_function.insert(make_pair("print", print));

but both give the same error.

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typedef void (*ternary_function) (int,int,int);

I have no idea what that does without the * but that is correct for a function pointer. Also, you'll either have to override the comparison operator of the map using:

bool string_compare(const char *s1, const char *s2)
return (std::strcmp(s1, s2) > 0);

typedef std::map<const char*, ternary_function, string_compare> MYMAP;

(For this you have to handle allocation of the strings yourself - if they're in your data segment you'll be fine).

Or use std::string instead:

typedef std::map<std::string, ternary_function> MYMAP;

One more thing that may come in handy:

#define INSERT_TERNARY_FUNCTION(name) string_to_ternary_function.insert(std::pair(#name, name))

That'll save you typing each function name out twice and avoid mistakes. You'll have to write std::pair(std::string(#name), name) if you use std::string though.

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