Assignment IV

Due date Wednesday April 10


The purpose of this assignment is to develop some familiarity with generic programming, i.e. templates, as well as containers and iterators.
The previous assignments have dealt ad nauseam with lists and list traversals. How much easier is it to do this kind of programing using template classes? To find out, do the following:
a) Write a template class for a doubly-linked list, parametrized by the class that is stored at every list node. Member functions should include insertion and search. Assume that the class parameter has a "<" operator that can be used to establish a sorting order for the list.
b) Write an iterator class over this list.
c) Rewrite the calculator using this class. In particular, use the iterator in the addition and multiplication member functions.
d) As an experiment, suppose we want to manipulate univariate polynomials. How much code would you have to rewrite? Could you make the polynomial class itself into a template, parameterized by the number of variables in a term? Feel free to explore here.
e) Comment on where all of this buys you anything.