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Overcoming the "Most Vexing Parse" Problem

Oct 15, 2009, 21:33 (1 Talkback[s])


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"The C++ literature uses the phrase "most vexing parse" to denote one of the dark syntactic alleys of C++. It's vexing because programmers usually don't even know it exists; they assume that their code creates an object initialized with a temporary, whereas the compiler interprets that same code as no less than a function declaration. This 10-Minute Solution explains where and why that parse problem happens, and presents two simple techniques to avert it.

"You define an object whose initializer is a temporary, but the compiler unexpectedly interprets the code as a function declaration.

"Rewrite your code so that it avoids the most vexing parse problem."

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