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    Data structures (renamed from:hmm....)

    An expression tree........

    given: a/b + (c -d)c
    Code:
                                                      +
                                                      /\ 
                                                     /  \ 
                                                   '/'    \ 
                                                   /\      \
                                                  a  b     *
                                                           /  \
                                                          /    c
                                                         -
                                                        / \
                                                       c   d
    what data members would the nodes contain? i'm a little lost. one node would contain a sign but it's direct children may contain a number or another sign, but it is unecessary to contain both.

    struct node
    {
    char sign; //is this where i would use a union?
    int value; //...or am i way of completely?
    node *parent;
    node *son; //son = child on "left" (conceptually)
    node *daughter; //daughter child on "right"
    }
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    > char sign; //is this where i would use a union?
    > int value; //...or am i way of completely?
    Looks like a good idea to me

    So long as you have some reliable way of telling whether you should be looking at the sign or the value member of the union.
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    should trees always be grown from the root?

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    not all trees.. for example in a B-Tree a node is broken doen to form the new root.... But in the Binary tree the tree is grown from the root...

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    having a single string variable as the data member of the struct might be an alternative.

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    i want to write my own tree class....
    which will look like this (stripped down for clearity)
    Code:
    template <class Object>
    class TreeNode
    {
    	public:
    	Object item;
    
    	private:
    	treenode *ptrBrother;  
    	treenode *ptrSister;
    
    };
    
    template <class Object>
    class BinaryTree
    {
    	private:
    	TreeNode<Object> *ptrRoot;
    };
    The question is, in tree node, do you think
    should just inherit type Object?

    if so, would that look like this?

    Code:
    template<class Object> 
    class TreeNode : public Object
    {
    	private:
    	treenode *ptrBrother;  
    	treenode *ptrSister;
    
    };

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