How to change the Private access specifier to Public in Derived Class

singhsan02's Avatar, Join Date: Sep 2010
Light Poster
Hi,
Suppose I have a base class with an Integer Variable as defined below.
Class Base{
public:
int a;
};

Now I derive privately a derived Class as
Class Derived : private Base{
};

Now int a will become Private in base class.

My question is how can I again change the access specifier of int a to Public in the derived class?

Thanks,
Sanjay
0
shabbir's Avatar, Join Date: Jul 2004
Go4Expert Founder
Code:
Class Derived : public Base{
should do it.

But why do you want to have members as public?
0
singhsan02's Avatar, Join Date: Sep 2010
Light Poster
Quote:
Originally Posted by shabbir View Post
Code:
Class Derived : public Base{
should do it.

But why do you want to have members as public?
Hi,
I guess I was not clear what I want to achieve in my question earlier.

See using Private Inheritance I inherited integer a in to derived class.
Now the access specifier of int a in derived is Private.I again want to change the access specifier of int a in to say either public or protected in the derived class.
So the crux is How can I change the access specifier in a class from one type to another?

~Sanj
0
shabbir's Avatar, Join Date: Jul 2004
Go4Expert Founder
Now why do you want to be changing the access level of a variable in the middle of your running program?
0
singhsan02's Avatar, Join Date: Sep 2010
Light Poster
Right now I don't have a scenario for why I will need it.

Just wanted to know whether conceptually is it possible or not?

~sanj
0
shabbir's Avatar, Join Date: Jul 2004
Go4Expert Founder
No it is not possible.
0
singhsan02's Avatar, Join Date: Sep 2010
Light Poster
Quote:
Originally Posted by shabbir View Post
No it is not possible.
Ok..Actually this was asked recently to me in an interview and I believe there is some trick to achieve this behaviour. I searched a lot for this but coudn't get anything.

Anyways.....
0
shabbir's Avatar, Join Date: Jul 2004
Go4Expert Founder
No there is no way as far as I know this can be done.
0
xpi0t0s's Avatar, Join Date: Aug 2004
Mentor
You should not do it, because if the program design requires that Derived is derived from a private Base then the intent of the design is that Base's members should be private within Derived, so if you need to circumvent that, then your design is broken. If you need Derived::a to be public then (a) derive it as public not private, or (b) add a public accessor function.

Code:
class Derived : private Base
{
public:
  int *get_a() { return &a; }
}
0
scottu's Avatar, Join Date: Dec 2010
Newbie Member
Code:
class Derived : private Base {
  public:
    Base::a;
};
should do the trick.