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Move Implementation to Source File

Refactoring with Move Implementation to Source File provides C/C++ users with an efficient mechanism for moving the implementation of a function or method from a header to a source file. This refactoring is often invoked after refactorings that place implementations in the header for inline execution, e.g. Encapsulate Field.

Move Implementations to Source File—the plural version of the command—moves all methods of a class in a single operation.

Access

Move to the name of a function or method in a header and select Move Implementation to Source File from a refactoring menu.

Visual Assist moves the body to the appropriate source file. For methods, the implementation is placed after other implementations of the same class.

If necessary, a declaration is created in the header.

Move All Methods

Move all implementations from a header to a source file by invoking the refactoring from the name of the class, not from the name of a method.

Select the implementations to move in the dialog that opens. Implementations from nested classes can be moved in the same operation.

Navigation

Use the Navigate commands of Visual Assist to jump between the header and source after Move Implementation to Source File. Immediately after the refactoring, Alt+Left returns you to the header. Alt+Right returns you to the implementation.

Miscellaneous

Move Implementation to Source File is not available for inline methods outside of a class definition.

Implementations of overloaded methods are moved near other overloads; they are not necessarily placed at the end of a class.

Modify the format of implementations by editing the VA Snippets for Create Implementation.