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When should I use const methods?

When a method isn't going to modify a class, it should be const. This prevents from modifying attributes unwantedly, and reduces significantly errors:
struct A
{
  int   a;
  bool  f(int i) const
  {
    if (a = i)     // error. f shouldn't  modify a.
      return true;
    return false;
  }
};



Alexis Angelidis (PhD) 2005-01-11