This is third part of my C++ Telltales series where I share some tips and tricks to work with C++. Feel free to check out also other parts of the series here!
Sometimes when you have a template class you need to have a static member variable that is shared for all template class instances, no matter what template parameter(s) they are using. Easiest way to accomplish this is using inheritance. Check out the following snippet:
If the prefix_message was instead declared in the Outputter class, it would be initialized for each template parameter separately and calls to set_prefix_message would only be visible in the instances using the same exact template parameters. This might be useful sometimes but if you want to create static variable for all instances, inheritance is your way to go.
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