C++Friend keyword

Download C++ for free

Introduction

Well-designed classes encapsulate their functionality, hiding their implementation while providing a clean, documented interface. This allows redesign or change so long as the interface is unchanged.

In a more complex scenario, multiple classes that rely on each others' implementation details may be required. Friend classes and functions allow these peers access to each others' details, without compromising the encapsulation and information hiding of the documented interface.

Related Examples

Friend class