Overloading '<<' for class BookLoan

Hello All,
 
I am having a very strange error when compiling the bookloan.cpp file
when  I write the following code:
 
       // File output
       //
       // Receive: An fstream object, OutStr
       //          A BookLoan object, aLoan
       // Output:  The values of aLoan's data members with         //a space between them
       //          and no end of line character.
       // Return:  OutStr
fstream &operator<<(fstream &OutStr, const BookLoan &aLoan)
 {
       OutStr << aLoan.FirstName_;
         return OutStr;
 }
 
 I get compiler errors saying the member FirstName_ is not accessable and > also the object aLoan is never used. This is very confusing especially when  there is an example of this  in the date class of EXACTLY the same
format.

 Also I have manage to  sucessfully overload '>>' for fstream so what is  wrong with this ! I would have to say I've checked all the obvious ideas like checking that fstrean is declaired as a friend in the header file,
 
  help  greatfully appreciated
 
 thanks
dklemitzAsked:
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rlaytonCommented:
It appears that  FirstName is a private or protected member of the BookLoan class, make sure it's a public member and that should take care of both errors.
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dklemitzAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your prompt response.

While I understand FirstName_ is a private data member of the class I know that to access these members I can say in other parts of the code:
               ObjectName.MemberFunction

I still think this is correct for the following reasons

1.  I sucessfully overloaded the input operator '>>' for an fstream object and the same object as follows with no complier errors:

// File input
//
// Receive: An fstream object, InStr
//          A BookLoan object, aLoan
// Input:   A Borrower, a return date and a title
// Return:  aLoan, with the input values stored in its data      //          members InStr

      // Strip leading spaces.
      // Read the First name
      //Use GetLine to include the end of line character

fstream & operator >> (fstream &InStr, BookLoan &aLoan)
{

Strings

      aFirstName;

      while (InStr.peek() == ' ' )
             InStr.get();

            aFirstName.GetLine(InStr, 100, ' ');
               aLoan.FirstName_ = aFirstName;
return InStr;
}

The other reason is that I have seen the output  operator '<< ' overloaded in the class Date you may have access to for an fstream object.  If you have access to a similar class I think you will see what I mean.

So to recap the data member is private in both cases so I'm still at a difficult point trying to understand the difference.

I don't mind some coresspondance

regards

David Klemitz (es00749@ozemail.com.au)
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