GotW #7b Solution: Minimizing Compile-Time Dependencies, Part 2

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GotW #7b Solution: Minimizing Compile-Time Dependencies, Part 2

by Herb Sutter

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Now that the unnecessary headers have been removed, it’s time for Phase 2: How can you limit dependencies on the internals of a class?

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Guideline: For widely-included classes whose implementations may change, or to provide ABI-safety or binary compatibility, consider using the compiler-firewall idiom (Pimpl Idiom) to hide implementation details. Use an opaque pointer (a pointer to a declared but undefined class) declared as struct impl; std::unique_ptr<impl> pimpl; to store private nonvirtual members.

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