**Library:** Foundation

**Package:** Dynamic

**Header:** Poco/Dynamic/VarHolder.h

## Description

Interface for a data holder used by the Var class. Provides methods to convert between data types. Only data types for which VarHolder specialization exists are supported.

Provided are specializations for all C++ built-in types with addition of std::string, Poco::UTF16String, DateTime, LocalDateTime, Timestamp, std::vector<Var> and DynamicStruct.

Additional types can be supported by adding specializations. When implementing specializations, the only condition is that they reside in Poco namespace and implement the pure virtual functions clone() and type().

Those conversions that are not implemented shall fail back to this base class implementation. All the convert() function overloads in this class throw BadCastException.

## Inheritance

**Known Derived Classes: **VarHolderImpl

## Member Summary

**Member Functions: **clone, cloneHolder, convert, convertSignedFloatToUnsigned, convertSignedToUnsigned, convertToSmaller, convertToSmallerUnsigned, convertUnsignedToSigned, isArray, isBoolean, isDate, isDateTime, isDeque, isInteger, isList, isNumeric, isOrdered, isSigned, isString, isStruct, isTime, isVector, size, type

## Types

### ArrayValueType

typedef Var ArrayValueType;

## Constructors

### VarHolder

VarHolder();

Creates the VarHolder.

## Destructor

### ~VarHolder

virtual ~VarHolder();

Destroys the VarHolder.

## Member Functions

### clone

virtual VarHolder * clone(

Placeholder < VarHolder > * pHolder = 0

) const = 0;

Implementation must implement this function to deep-copy the VarHolder. If small object optimization is enabled (i.e. if POCO_NO_SOO is not defined), VarHolder will be instantiated in-place if it's size is smaller than POCO_SMALL_OBJECT_SIZE.

### convert

virtual void convert(

Int8 & val

) const;

Throws BadCastException. Must be overriden in a type specialization in order to support the conversion.

### convert

virtual void convert(

Int16 & val

) const;

Throws BadCastException. Must be overriden in a type specialization in order to support the conversion.

### convert

virtual void convert(

Int32 & val

) const;

Throws BadCastException. Must be overriden in a type specialization in order to support the conversion.

### convert

virtual void convert(

Int64 & val

) const;

### convert

virtual void convert(

UInt8 & val

) const;

### convert

virtual void convert(

UInt16 & val

) const;

### convert

virtual void convert(

UInt32 & val

) const;

### convert

virtual void convert(

UInt64 & val

) const;

### convert

virtual void convert(

DateTime & val

) const;

### convert

virtual void convert(

LocalDateTime & val

) const;

### convert

virtual void convert(

Timestamp & val

) const;

### convert

void convert(

long & val

) const;

### convert

void convert(

unsigned long & val

) const;

### convert

virtual void convert(

bool & val

) const;

### convert

virtual void convert(

float & val

) const;

### convert

virtual void convert(

double & val

) const;

### convert

virtual void convert(

char & val

) const;

### convert

virtual void convert(

std::string & val

) const;

### convert

virtual void convert(

Poco::UTF16String & val

) const;

### isArray

virtual bool isArray() const;

Returns true.

### isBoolean

virtual bool isBoolean() const;

Returns false. Must be properly overriden in a type specialization in order to support the diagnostic.

### isDate

virtual bool isDate() const;

Returns false. Must be properly overriden in a type specialization in order to support the diagnostic.

### isDateTime

virtual bool isDateTime() const;

Returns false. Must be properly overriden in a type specialization in order to support the diagnostic.

### isDeque

virtual bool isDeque() const;

### isInteger

virtual bool isInteger() const;

### isList

virtual bool isList() const;

### isNumeric

virtual bool isNumeric() const;

### isOrdered

virtual bool isOrdered() const;

### isSigned

virtual bool isSigned() const;

### isString

virtual bool isString() const;

### isStruct

virtual bool isStruct() const;

### isTime

virtual bool isTime() const;

### isVector

virtual bool isVector() const;

### size

virtual std::size_t size() const;

Returns 1 iff Var is not empty or this function overriden.

### type

virtual const std::type_info & type() const = 0;

Implementation must return the type information (typeid) for the stored content.

### cloneHolder

template < typename T > VarHolder * cloneHolder(

Placeholder < VarHolder > * pVarHolder,

const T & val

) const;

Instantiates value holder wrapper. If size of the wrapper is larger than POCO_SMALL_OBJECT_SIZE, holder is instantiated on the heap, otherwise it is instantiated in-place (in the pre-allocated buffer inside the holder).

Called from clone() member function of the implementation when small object optimization is enabled.

### convertSignedFloatToUnsigned

template < typename F, typename T > void convertSignedFloatToUnsigned(

const F & from,

T & to

) const;

This function is meant for converting floating point data types to unsigned integral data types. Negative values can not be converted and if one is encountered, RangeException is thrown. If upper limit is within the target data type limits, the conversion is performed.

### convertSignedToUnsigned

template < typename F, typename T > void convertSignedToUnsigned(

const F & from,

T & to

) const;

This function is meant for converting signed integral data types to unsigned data types. Negative values can not be converted and if one is encountered, RangeException is thrown. If upper limit is within the target data type limits, the conversion is performed.

### convertToSmaller

template < typename F, typename T > void convertToSmaller(

const F & from,

T & to

) const;

This function is meant to convert signed numeric values from larger to smaller type. It checks the upper and lower bound and if from value is within limits of type T (i.e. check calls do not throw), it is converted.

### convertToSmallerUnsigned

template < typename F, typename T > void convertToSmallerUnsigned(

const F & from,

T & to

) const;

This function is meant for converting unsigned integral data types, from larger to smaller type. Since lower limit is always 0 for unsigned types, only the upper limit is checked, thus saving some cycles compared to the signed version of the function. If the value to be converted is smaller than the maximum value for the target type, the conversion is performed.

### convertUnsignedToSigned

template < typename F, typename T > void convertUnsignedToSigned(

const F & from,

T & to

) const;

This function is meant for converting unsigned integral data types to signed integral data types. Negative values can not be converted and if one is encountered, RangeException is thrown. If upper limit is within the target data type limits, the conversion is performed.