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C++ Primer Plus by Stephen Prata

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Friend Member Functions

Looking at the code for the last example, you may notice that most of the Remote methods are implemented by using the public interface for the Tv class. This means that those methods don’t really need friend status. Indeed, the only Remote method that accesses a private Tv member directly is Remote::set_chan(), so that’s the only method that needs to be a friend. You do have the option of making just selected class members friends to another class rather than making the entire class a friend, but that’s a bit more awkward. You need to be careful about the order in which you arrange the various declarations and definitions. Let’s look at why.

The way to make Remote::set_chan() a friend to the Tv class is to declare it as ...

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