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I created a system to allow me to assign commands to different keys. Since the Direct Input method of retrieving the keyboard state used an array of chars to store the result, I used an array of member function pointers of the same size (as the char[]) so that I could match up a key press with a function call.

Doing it this way then allows me to change the assignments at run time.

I don't care about return types (all the commands return void). However, to pass parameters, I am using void pointers.

I often get told void pointers are the devil and completely break type safety.

At the moment, the only way I can think to get rid of them in this case is to use a heirarchy of EventParameter objects in place of the void pointers.

Is there a better way to achieve the same effect?

My code:

class input{


input(commands *);


commands * cmd_obj;

static const int numberofkeys = 256;
char buffer[numberofkeys];

typedef void (commands::*FPt_commands)(void*);
FPt_commands assigned_keys[numberofkeys];


void input::init_Keyboard(HWND hWnd){

assigned_keys[17] = &commands::move_forward; // DIK_W
assigned_keys[31] = &commands::move_backward; // DIK_S


void input::update_Keyboard(){


// get keyboard state
hr = dinputdev_keyboard->GetDeviceState(sizeof(buffer),(LPVOID)&buffer);

for(int p = 0;p<numberofkeys;p++){



int * speed = 3;

void* vPtr = speed;


))(vPtr) ;




______in commands.ccp______

void commands::move_forward(void * vPtr){

int * speed = (int)vPtr;


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Those are pretty much your two options -- using void* pointers and casting to an assumed type, or using a base parameter type and sub-classing the various actual parameters your callbacks need and casting to the right sub-class. The latter approach has at least some measure of type-safety since you have to cast to related types (without going through major hoops), and if worse comes to worst you can also use RTTI and enforce run-time checks on parameter type. The sub-classing isn't that big a deal either, since with void* pointers you often end up creating parameter types anyway, just without the common base. Double dispatch may also work for you.

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