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Move Method (C++)

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Inlines a method body into the class declaration (in a header file), or inversely moves a method's implementation to a source file leaving the declaration in the header file.

Purpose

This refactoring makes it much easier to move method bodies between header and source files. This allows you to move all code to the same place without much formatting work.

Availability

Available from the context menu or via shortcuts:

  • when the edit cursor or caret is on a method declaration. If the declaration and implementation are both within a header file, you can move the implementation to the corresponding source file. If you are on a method declaration within a source file, you can move the implementation to the corresponding declaration within the header file.

"Move Method to Header" example

// The .h file
#pragma once

using namespace System;

ref class TestClass
{
private:
    int m_ID;
    String^ m_Text;

public:
    TestClass(void);
    void SetValues(int id, String ^text);
};

// The .cpp file
#include "StdAfx.h"

void TestClass::SetValues(int id, String ^text)
{
    m_ID = id;
    m_Text = text;
}

Result:

// The .h file
#pragma once

using namespace System;

ref class TestClass
{
private:
    int m_ID;
    String^ m_Text;

public:
    TestClass(void);
    void SetValues(int id, String ^text)
    {
        m_ID = id;
        m_Text = text;
    }
};

// The .cpp file
#include "StdAfx.h"

Screenshot

rsMoveMethodToHeaderCPP

"Move Method to Source File" example

// The .h file
#pragma once

using namespace System;

ref class TestClass
{
private:
    int m_ID;
    String^ m_Text;

public:
    TestClass(void);
    void SetValues(int id, String ^text)
    {
        m_ID = id;
        m_Text = text;
    }
};

// The .cpp file
#include "StdAfx.h"

Result:

// The .h file
#pragma once

using namespace System;

ref class TestClass
{
private:
    int m_ID;
    String^ m_Text;

public:
    TestClass(void);
    void SetValues(int id, String ^text);
};

// The .cpp file
#include "StdAfx.h"

void TestClass::SetValues(int id, String ^text)
{
    m_ID = id;
    m_Text = text;
}

Screenshot

rsMoveMethodToSourceCPP