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asset.hpp File Reference

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Proc-Layer Interface: Assets.

Declares the Asset top level Interface, the Asset::Ident identification tuple and the asset::ID primary key wrapper. Normally, Assets should be handled using asset::PAsset, a ref counting smart pointer.

These classes are placed into namespace asset and proc_interface.

Assets are handled by a hierarchy of interfaces. Below the top level Asset interface there are interfaces for various different Kinds of Assets, like asset::Media, asset::Proc, etc. Code utilising the specific properties of e.g. Media assets, will be implemented directly against the asset::Media interface. To make this feasible while at the same time being able to handle all asset Kinds in a uniform manner, we use a hierarchy of ID classes. These IDs are actually just thin wrappers around a hash value, but they carry a template parameter specifying the Asset Kind and the Asset Kind subinterfaces provide a overloaded getID method with a covariant return value. For example the asset::Media::getID returns an ID<Media>. By using the templated query function AssetManager::getAsset, we can get at references to the more specific subinterface asset::media just by using the ID value in a typesafe manner. This helps avoiding dynamic typing and switch-on-type, leading to more robust, extensible and clear code.

(Implementation detail: as g++ is not able to handle member function template instantiations completely automatic, we need to trigger some template instantiations at the end of assetmanager.cpp )

See also

Definition in file asset.hpp.

#include "lib/error.hpp"
#include "lib/nocopy.hpp"
#include "include/logging.h"
#include "proc/asset/category.hpp"
#include "lib/hash-value.h"
#include "lib/p.hpp"
#include <boost/type_traits/is_base_of.hpp>
#include <boost/operators.hpp>
#include <cstddef>
#include <string>
#include <vector>
#include <set>


class  Asset
 Superinterface describing especially bookkeeping properties. More...
class  ID< KIND >
 thin wrapper around a size_t hash ID used as primary key for all Asset objects. More...
struct  Asset::Ident
 a POD comprised of all the information sufficiently identifying any given Asset. More...
struct  is_pAsset< X >
 type trait for detecting a shared-ptr-to-asset More...
struct  is_pAsset< shared_ptr< A > >


typedef const ID< Asset > & IDA
typedef lib::P< Asset > PAsset
typedef lib::P< const Asset > PcAsset


template<class A >
const PcAsset pAsset (shared_ptr< A > const &subPtr)
 promote subtype-ptr to PAsset, e.g. More...


 Proc-Layer implementation namespace root.
 The asset subsystem of the Proc-Layer.