Shallow copy copies references to original objects. The compiler provides a default copy constructor. Default copy constructor provides a shallow copy as shown in below example. It is a bit-wise copy of an object. A copy constructor is a member function which initializes an object using another object of the same class. A copy constructor has the following general function prototype: ClassName (const ClassName &old_obj); Following is a simple example of copy constructor. The copy constructor receives an object of its own class as an argument, and allows to create 25 May ; Section: C / C++ Language; Chapter: Languages; Updated: 25 May this is an example of inefficient code.


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Forcing a copy constructor to be generated by the compiler. Avoiding implicit generation of the copy constructor. Below is the code that sets and gets the integer heap memory value: The function is shown below: At present it has a constructor that creates a heap memory and in the destructor we clear the memory created as shown in the below code: Deep Copy constructor in c example In the Program main we created two Objects ob1 and ob2.

The object ob2 is created using the copy constructor. And where is the "copy constructor".?

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Hence, a copy constructor is invoked. This is because they are totally different objects. The compiler has generated a copy constructor for us, and it could be written like this: The next section will explore that question.

User-defined copy constructor[ edit ] Now, consider a very simple dynamic array class like the following: The generated constructor would look something like: It only copies the address of the original copy constructor in c example member; this means they both share a pointer to the same chunk of memory, which is not what we want.

When the program reaches line 1copy's copy constructor in c example gets called because objects on the stack are destroyed automatically when their scope ends.

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When we return an object copy constructor in c example a method by value. When objects are passed to a function as arguments by value, a bit wise copy of the object will be passed to the function and placed on the stack, therefor the constructor of the object will not be called.


It make sense if you think of it, you want to pass an object in a certain state containing the data you need for the function to process, if you wanted it in the initialization state with its default data, you could just create it inside the function instead of passing copy constructor in c example as an argument.

When the function end, the constructor of the object will be called.

An overloaded assignment operator. In the previous example you can see when c1 called concatenatechanges happens in both c1 and c2, because both are pointing to same memory location.

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In the below example you can see user defined copy constructor i. Here both c1 and c2 points to different memory location. So changes made in one location will not affect the other. When is the base parent class copy constructor called?

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