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Templated member function into .cpp file

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Simple answer: No. A template is a pattern, which the compiler uses to generate a concrete implementation of a class/function once you use it (i.e., at the place where you either specify the template arguments explicitly or the compiler determines them based on the arguments passed to a function call of a templatized function. Therefore, the compiler has to see at all times the definition of a templated class/function.

More information can be, e.g., found in this FAQ: https://isocpp.org/wiki/faq/templates#templates-defn-vs-decl

 

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