Posted By: lemnisca
I have a class A and another class that inherits from it, B. I am overriding a function that accepts an object of type A as a parameter, so I have to accept an A. However, I later call functions that only B has, so I want to return false and not proceed if the object passed is not of type B.
What is the best way to find out which type the object passed to my function is?
dynamic_cast should do the trick
TYPE& dynamic_cast<TYPE&> (object); TYPE* dynamic_cast<TYPE*> (object);
dynamic_cast keyword casts a datum from one pointer or reference type to another, performing a runtime check to ensure the validity of the cast.
If you attempt to cast to pointer to a type that is not a type of actual object, the result of the cast will be NULL. If you attempt to cast to reference to a type that is not a type of actual object, the cast will throw a
Make sure there is at least one virtual function in Base class to make dynamic_cast work.
Wikipedia topic Run-time type information
RTTI is available only for classes that are polymorphic, which means
they have at least one virtual method. In practice, this is not a
limitation because base classes must have a virtual destructor to
allow objects of derived classes to perform proper cleanup if they are
deleted from a base pointer.