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Can't use Cast() or dynamic_cast in this case?

Hi! I'm very new to Coding in UE so please bear with me as i feel i'm missing something terribly obvious.

I am attempting to down cast an object of mine during runtime. This object is not derived from any UE class.

From my understanding these are my hypotheses :

As RTTI is turned off in the engine, i can't use dynamic_cast. ( and i can't turn it on ? )

As i am not deriving from any UE class, my class isn't registered in the reflection system, therefore i can't use Cast(). This is for simplicity and to avoid as much overhead as i can, but if there is an efficient way of doing this i'm all ears!

My question is : am i mistaken in thinking neither option is available to me? What can i do?
I'm guessing i'll throw an enum into the base class, test that and static_cast accordingly.

The code looks something like this :

 MyBaseClass* baseActor = GetMyBaseClassActor();
 MyDerivedClassA* derivedActorA = Cast<MyBaseClass>(baseActor);
 /////////// OR ///////////
 MyDerivedClassA* derivedActorA = dynamic_cast<MyBaseClass*>(baseActor);
 if(derivedActorA) { ... }
 MyDerivedClassB* derivedActorB = dynamic_cast<MyBaseClass*>(baseActor);
 if(derivedActorB) { ... }

Thank you very much for your time!


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asked Dec 30 '14 at 05:26 AM in C++ Programming

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Hi there!

You wrote: "I'm guessing i'll throw an enum into the base class, test that and static_cast accordingly."

That is a solution I've employed on multiple occasions to great effect!

I made a pure C++ UI system (not UClass) this way!

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Pure C++ Base Class .h

//Is Checks

 FORCEINLINE bool IsPanel() const
     return (VictoryType == EVictoryElements::VictoryPanel);
 FORCEINLINE bool IsWindow() const
     return (VictoryType == EVictoryElements::VictoryWindow);

 //As Casts
 FVictoryPanel*                 AsPanel();
 FVictoryWindow*             AsWindow();


 FVictoryPanel* FVictoryHUDElementHighest::AsPanel()
     if(!IsPanel()) return NULL;
     return static_cast<FVictoryPanel*>(this);
 FVictoryWindow* FVictoryHUDElementHighest::AsWindow()
     if(!IsWindow()) return NULL;
     return static_cast<FVictoryWindow*>(this);
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answered Jan 01 '15 at 07:15 PM

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avatar image TomBBonin Jan 04 '15 at 03:01 PM

Needed to wrap this up, so i used something similar to this. Thanks for the input!

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you can try static_cast

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