Summary: Built-in __vptr attribute for classes too
           Product: D
           Version: 2.041
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P2
         Component: DMD

--- Comment #0 from 2010-03-12 13:33:25 PST ---
The attribute __vptr of object instances can be useful in some special
situations. To compare the __vptr of an object instance to the __vptr of a
class you first need to find the __vptr of a class. You can do it with code
similar to:

class Foo {
    __gshared static immutable(immutable(void)*) __vptr;
    static this() {
        scope auto aux = new typeof(this);
        __vptr = aux.__vptr;
void main() {}

But this is not handy (even if a class mixin can help). So a built-in __vptr
attribute can be added to classes too.

Possible disadvantages: the need for __vptr is rare.


Note: there are other ways to implement virtual functions, like using a
dispatch tree, so the D docs can say that __vptr can be absent in D compilers
that don't use a virtual table or in other situations.

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