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Pointer_to_binary_function is a functors adaptor that allows a function pointer Result (*f)(Arg1, Arg2) to be treated as an AdaptableBinaryFunction. That is: if F is a pointer_to_binary_function<Arg1, Arg2, Result> that was initialized with an underlying function pointer f of type Result (*)(Arg1, Arg2), then F(x, y) calls the function f(x, y). The difference between f and F is that pointer_to_binary_function is an AdaptableBinaryFunction, i.e. it defines the nested typedefs first_argument_type, second_argument_type, and result_type.

Note that a function pointer of type Result (*)(Arg1, Arg2) is a perfectly good BinaryFunction object, and may be passed to an STL algorithm that expects an argument that is a BinaryFunction. The only reason for using the pointer_to_binary_function class is if you need to use an ordinary function in a context that requires an AdaptableBinaryFunction, e.g. as the argument of a function object adaptor.

Most of the time, you need not declare an object of type pointer_to_binary_function directly. It is almost always easier to construct one using the ptr_fun function.


The following code fragment finds the first string in a list that is equal to "OK". It uses the standard library function strcmp as an argument to a function object adaptor, so it must first use a pointer_to_binary_function adaptor to give strcmp the AdaptableBinaryFunction interface.

List<char*> L;
List<char*>::iterator item = 
              find_if(L.begin(), L.end(),
                      not1(binder2nd(ptr_fun(strcmp), "OK")));


Defined in the standard header functional, and in the nonstandard backward-compatibility header function.h.

Template parameters

Parameter Description Default
Arg1 The function object's first argument type  
Arg2 The function object's second argument type  
Result The function object's result type  

Model of


Type requirements

Public base classes

binary_function<Arg1, Arg2, Result>


Member Where defined Description
first_argument_type AdaptableBinaryFunction The type of the first argument: Arg1.
second_argument_type AdaptableBinaryFunction The type of the second argument: Arg2
result_type AdaptableBinaryFunction The type of the result: Result
Result operator()(Arg1 x, Arg2 y) BinaryFunction Function call operator.
pointer_to_binary_function(Result (*f)(Arg1, Arg2)) pointer_to_binary_function See below.
pointer_to_binary_function() pointer_to_binary_function See below.
template <class Arg1, class Arg2, class Result>
pointer_to_unary_function<Arg1, Arg2, Result> 
ptr_fun(Result (*x)(Arg1, Arg2));
pointer_to_binary_function See below.

New members

These members are not defined in the AdaptableBinaryFunction requirements, but are specific to pointer_to_binary_function.

Member Description
pointer_to_binary_function(Result (*f)(Arg1, Arg2)) The constructor. Creates a pointer_to_binary_function whose underlying function is f.
pointer_to_binary_function() The default constructor. This creates a pointer_to_binary_function that does not have an underlying function, and that therefore cannot actually be called.
template <class Arg1, class Arg2, class Result>
pointer_to_unary_function<Arg1, Arg2, Result> 
ptr_fun(Result (*x)(Arg1, Arg2));
If f is of type Result (*)(Arg1, Arg2) then ptr_fun(f) is equivalent to pointer_to_binary_function<Arg1,Arg2,Result>(f), but more convenient. This is a global function, not a member function.


See also

pointer_to_unary_function, ptr_fun, AdaptableBinaryFunction

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