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Shannon Barber

Member Template Specialization

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Is Member Template Specialization part of the C++ spec? I swear I just read in "Modern C++ Desing" that it isn''t - but MSVC will actually let you specialize member function templates! I can''t imagine the MS compiler having such an extention when they lack other template features.

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Where did u read that? I though it was VC++ that doesn't allow member function specializations!

The below compiles fine on gcc, comeau but fails with VC++. What do u think?

#include <iostream>

using namespace std;

template <typename T>
class C
template <typename X>
void Method( X x)
cout << "Generic called" << endl;

template <>
template<> void C<int>::Method<float>( float x )
cout << "Specialization called" << endl;

int main()
C<int> obj;

obj.Method( 1.2f ); // calls specialized

obj.Method( 1 ); // calls generic

return 0;

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