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Creating template function object in a class template

user2244 Published in April 22, 2018, 3:06 am

In my previous question, I was enquiring about the argument type of a class template in other class template.

In short, in class I can call a member function either by creating an object and calling upon it OR by directly using a scope resolution operator. Now, I want to use it in following 2 class templates. First class template is:

template<typename T>
class Point {
      Point () { }

      //initialise the vector 
      Point(std::vector<T> &vector);

      ~Point () { }

      //to calculate distance between two points
      T distance(const Point &p1, const point &p2);

      std::vector<T> data_points;
      int dimensions;
      int name;

And the second class template is:

template<typename T> 
class calculate {
  bool initialise(const std::vector<Point<T>> &points);

  bool load_points(const std::string &filepath, std::vector<Point<T>> *dpt);

  const std::vector<Point<T>> &getPoints() const 
        return points;

  const std::vector<Point<T>> &getMeans() const 
        return means;

  std::vector<Point<T>> means;
  std::vector<Point<T>> points;

Following is a piece of "main.cc" :

//inside int main()

int main(int argc, char *argv[])
std::vector<Point<double>> points;

calculate<double>::load_points(filepath, &points); //error shows in this line

for(const auto &p : points)
  std::cout << p << std::endl;
return 0;

This method is working completely fine in normal class implementations but as soon as I try to use it with templates, it shows the following error:

error: cannot call member function 
'bool calculate<T>::load_points(const string&, std::vector<Point<T>> *) 
[with T = double; std::__cxx11::basic_string <char>]' 
without object

Why does it work with classes but not with class templates ?

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