Implementing the Factory Pattern with the Help of Reflection
Keywords:Reflection, metaprogramming, generic programming, design patterns, factory pattern
AbstractReflection, reflection-based programming and metaprogramming are valuable tools for many programming tasks, like the implementation of persistence and serialization-like operations, object-relational mapping, remote method invocation, automatic generation of user-interfaces, etc., and also for the implementation of several design patterns. C++ as one of the most prevalent programming languages still lacks support for standardised, compiler-assisted reflection. In this paper we introduce in short the Mirror reflection library which is a part of an ongoing effort to add reflection to C++ and we will show how reflection can be used to greatly simplify the implementation of object factories - classes constructing instances of other classes from various external data representations.
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Chochlík, M. (2016). Implementing the Factory Pattern with the Help of Reflection. COMPUTING AND INFORMATICS, 35(3), 653–686. Retrieved from https://www.cai.sk/ojs/index.php/cai/article/view/1283