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SonicD007

Smart Pointers and Resource Management (SDL)

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Hey everyone,  I'm trying to create a simple resource management system and I would look someone to look over this small snippet of code to make sure I coded this correctly, as it is my first time using boost::shared_ptr.  I would also like to know when I would use SDL_FreeSurface() or how would I pass it to the shared pointer to do it for me in regards to resource management.  I know I need to somehow make it so I can load any resource but for now I want to test everything using just SDL_Surface*.  Thanks!

 

//In the ResourceController.h file, this private variable is declared
std::map<std::string, std::shared_ptr<SDL_Surface*>> textures;
//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
 
 
bool ResourceController::LoadResource(std::string filePath, std::string keyName)
{
SDL_Surface* temp = SDL_LoadBMP(filePath.c_str());
std::shared_ptr<SDL_Surface*> foo(&temp); //I think this is correct.  I'm pointing to the address of the temp pointer which points to the resource in memory
if (temp)
{
textures.insert(std::make_pair(keyName, foo));
return true;
}
return false;
}
 
std::shared_ptr<SDL_Surface*> ResourceController::GetResource(std::string keyName)
{
return textures[keyName];
}
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You'd want to use std::shared_ptr<SDL_Surface>, not std::shared_ptr<SDL_Surface *>. The latter gives you a smart pointer to a regular pointer rather than a smart pointer to a SDL_Surface. To set a deleter function you pass it as the second argument to the shared_ptr constructor. Ex: std::shared_ptr<SDL_Surface> foo_ptr(SDL_LoadBMP(....), SDL_FreeSurface);
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Not quite sure how to do this exactly

 

std::shared_ptr<SDL_Surface> foo(SDL_LoadBMP(filePath.c_str()), SDL_FreeSurface(foo));

 

That's what I have so far but since foo is being declared here, foo is undefined in the second parameter.  I was thinking of doing something like

 

SDL_Surface* temp = SDL_LoadBMP(filePath.c_str());

std::shared_ptr<SDL_Surface> foo(*temp, SDL_FreeSurface(temp));

 

but I'm not sure if this would be a correct use of shared_ptr nor can I compile that because it says

 
4 IntelliSense: no instance of constructor "std::tr1::shared_ptr<_Ty>::shared_ptr [with _Ty=SDL_Surface]" matches the argument list c:\users\sonicd007\documents\visual studio 2010\projects\prototypes\resource management\resourcecontroller.cpp 17
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That's not what SiCrane posted. Look again at his usage of the smart pointer; he's not calling SDL_FreeSurface, he's passing the function pointer to it as the second parameter to the shared pointer constructor.

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Ah ok.  I got it.  One last question (assuming everything else looks good) Since SDL_BlitSurface takes SDL_Surface* as a parameter, I need to use mySharedPtr.get() to get a raw pointer to pass into the parameter right?

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get() is one way. Another option is &*mySharedPtr.
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