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Function Templates in C++ Programming Language

Function Templates in C++
A C++ template is a powerful feature added to C++. It allows you to define the generic classes and generic functions and thus provides support for generic programming. Generic programming is a technique where generic types are used as parameters in algorithms so that they can work for a variety of data types. We can define a template for a function. For example, if we have an add() function, we can create versions of the add function for adding the int, float or double type values.
Syntax for Function Templates in C++
template < class Ttype> ret_type func_name(parameter_list) { // body of function. }
a placeholder name
specify a generic type Where Ttype: It is a placeholder name for a data type used by the function. It is used within the function definition. It is only a placeholder that the compiler will automatically replace this placeholder with the actual data type. class: A class keyword is used to specify a generic type in a template declaration. • Generic functions use the concept of a function template. Generic functions define a set of operations that can be applied to the various types of data. • The type of the data that the function will operate on depends on the type of the data passed as a parameter. • For example, Quick sorting algorithm is implemented using a generic function, it can be implemented to an array of integers or array of floats. • A Generic function is created by using the keyword template. The template defines what function will do. Function templates with multiple parameters: We can use more than one generic type in the template function by using the comma to separate the list.
template<class T1, class T2,.....> return_type function_name (arguments of type T1, T2....) { // body of function. }
Overloading a function template: We can overload the generic function means that the overloaded template functions can differ in the parameter list. Generic functions perform the same operation for all the versions of a function except the data type differs.
/* function templates in C++ language */ /* adding two numbers using function templates */ #include <iostream> using namespace std; template <typename T> T add(T num1, T num2) { return (num1 + num2); } int main() { int result1; double result2; // calling with int parameters result1 = add<int>(2, 3); cout << "2 + 3 = " << result1 << endl; // calling with double parameters result2 = add<double>(2.2, 3.3); cout << "2.2 + 3.3 = " << result2 << endl; return 0; }

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