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Alternatives for redefining a typedef?

I'm planning to create a macro-based property system (reflection,
automatic serializing for properties, that kind of stuff). The system
would involve writing some PROPERTY(propNa me) macros between a
BEGIN_CLASS(Thi sClass) and an END_CLASS() macro. The PROPERTY macros
should somehow know ThisClass, and that's where it start to get tricky.
A #define ThisClass would of course help, but I'd rather make it part
of the BEGIN_CLASS macro, and #defines can't be inside a macro body.

A typedef inside BEGIN_CLASS is almost good, except that a single
source file may contain multiple class definitions, and the second
BEGIN_CLASS would redefine ThisClass, causing a compile error. I also
can't put the whole thing (the typedef and the PROPERTY macros) inside
a namespace, cause PROPERTY should define some member functions of a
class declared outside of that namespace.

Now if there would be anything that can be defined outside of
functions, and be redefined later, and also be used as a template
argument, then I think the problem could be solved with template
specializations . BEGIN_CLASS would redefine that something, then create
a new specialization of a template for the new 'value', and put a
typedef for ThisClass inside that specialization. PROPERTY macros could
then easily use that typedef.

What I really need is something that can be used as a template
argument, and can be made invariant for a specific part of the code,
then changed for another part.

Unfortunately, I can't think of anything that would fit the bill. Any
ideas? Maybe any other ideas for simulating typedef redefinition (other
than #define / #undef)?

(And yes, you're right, it's not really that big an issue, it's more
curiosity on my side than a real problem.)


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