Subject, Registrar, 4 Listener Revisited - Design Guidance Requested

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I  tried to use expert help found here: "http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/CPP/Q_23729314.html"  to build on my design.



Listeners 1 will extract the words from an 21S message that is important to Listener 1 and in doing so build an 2S and 3S  message.   2S and 3S  are messages Listener 1 understands.   For example:  Words 1,2,4,5,and 6 from a 21S  message gets copied into an 2S message.   Words 1,3,7 and 9 from a 21S message gets copied
into an 3S message.

Listeners 2 will extract the words from an 21S  message that is important to Listener 2 and in doing so build an 4S and 7S message.   4S and 7S are messages Listener 2 understands.  Since the 4S and 7S messages aren't shown in the attached I'll ignore the words numbers.

In my current design each Listener gets an 21S message and this is  quickly becoming a maintenance nightmare.  I'd like to place a message handler/translator in the middle.  The message translators job is to translate an 21S message into the appropriate format the Listener understands.  The translator will then give the Listener an 2S,3S(Listener1) or 4S,7S(Listener2) message.    I believe that a generic solution exists that will accomplish the goal of the translator but I'm not sure how to do this.   I'm not sure how to structure the translator and in doing so exploit C++ template facilities to accomplish my objective.  


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Infinity08Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Something like below (crude example) ?


>> I believe that a generic solution exists

I think what you're referring to are design patterns. The adapter and mediator patterns come to mind :

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter_pattern
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediator_pattern
class Msg {
};
 
 
 
 
class Listener {
  public :
    virtual void processMsg(Msg &msg) = 0;
};
 
class ListenerA : public Listener {
  public :
    virtual void processMsg(Msg &msg) {
      // do something with the message
    }
};
 
class ListenerB : public Listener {
  public :
    virtual void processMsg(Msg &msg) {
      // do something with the message
    }
};
 
 
 
 
class Dispatcher {
  private :
    std::vector<Listener*> listeners;
 
  public :
    void addListener(Listener &listener) {
      listeners.push_back(&listener);
    }
    void processMsg(Msg &msg) {
      // split up the s21 message ... then :
      Msg s2, s3, s4, s7;
      listeners[0]->processMsg(s2);
      listeners[0]->processMsg(s3);
      listeners[1]->processMsg(s4);
      listeners[1]->processMsg(s7);
    }
};
 
Dispatcher dispatcher;
Listener1 listener1;
Listener2 listener2;
dispatcher.addListener(listener1);
dispatcher.addListener(listener2);
 
 
 
 
 
class Sender {
  public :
    void send() {
      Msg s21;
      dispatcher.processMsg(s21);
    }
};

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forums_mpAuthor Commented:
I paid a coder $35/hour for 6 hours of work on guru.com for a solution.  With all due respect I'm not posting my solution.   Once again, I  could assure you infinity's solution is not worth 500 points but if you feel that his solution warrants 500 points then by all means close the issue.
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