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Basically, I'm making an engine with the following classes:
Solid (parent)
- Cube (subclass)

Now, it works like this:
a solid needs faces that are made of rectangles, which are made of lines, which are made of two points.

This seemed as a fairly nice way to handle things as I can easily handle , change, manage, edit, set every part of a cube.
Rotation, motion etc are all based on points and every function goes up to the solids. So every point "influences" what is going on in their upper level.
I got a problem with this approach though:
1) is this a nice / convenient / efficient way to do it?
2) if not, what would be a better way to handle things given my necessity of handling each aspect of the solid independently ?
I made a constructor for entity and every other class that look like this:

Entity::Entity(GLfloat size)
body = new CubeSolid(1.0,false,false);
spawned = false;

CubeSolid::CubeSolid(GLfloat size,bool hidden, bool wireMode) : PrimitiveSolid()

faces[0] = new Rectshape(1.0,false);
faces[1] = new Rectshape(1.0,false);
faces[2] = new Rectshape(1.0,false);
faces[3] = new Rectshape(1.0,false);
faces[4] = new Rectshape(1.0,false);
faces[5] = new Rectshape(1.0,false);


Rectshape::Rectshape(GLfloat size,bool hidden)
this->_topside = new Line(size,false);
this->_rightside = new Line(size,false);
this->_bottomside = new Line(size,false);
this->_leftside = new Line(size,false);



Line::Line(GLfloat size, bool hidden)
point1 = new Point(1.0,1.0,1.0,true);
point2 = new Point(1.0,1.0,1.0,true);


Point::Point(GLfloat x, GLfloat y, GLfloat z,bool hidden)
pos[0] = x;
pos[1] = y;
pos[2] = z;
visible = !hidden;

With this approach I can easily create an entity and the constructors will do the rest since I have a function that automatically arranges points, rectangles, lines in a solid shape, no matter how far apart or how they're located in the space. I can access the solid class from Entity, has body is a solid object. But in order to access the rectangles that make up the solid, I need to do that thru the cube class directly! But I get uninitialized member variables and crashes when i call member functions that go beyond the solid class ( like rectangles).

For example, if I have the Entity class with body inside it, body is a pointer to a solid object (a cube in this case).
Though I can easily access the solid from a pointer to entity, I cannot seem to access the rectangles of which body is made of. I cannot seem to do this:


So how would I solve this problem?

PS: the "this" pointer is there because I copy pasted from another constructor in the same class.
The code is not complete because the issue doesn't seem to be in the source code itself, the problem is in the way I 'm trying to access the classes as It works just fine by defining every point, line, rectangle and then pass all those objects to the "default" constructor I made for the class. I just want to make this other way work because it is more convenient to me. The info I provided should be enough in order to address and solve the issue, hopefully.

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My first guess would be that you don't obey the Rule of Three in your classes. You're also abusing the living hell out of new, which is bad - you don't really need to "new" all those objects. Just make them value members instead of pointers, i.e. Rectangle instead of Rectangle* in your class definition. (Note that if you used value members, you wouldn't have to worry about the Rule of Three in this particular situation.)

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