CURLOPT_WRITEFUNCTION and C++

Even though I am developing for C++, I don't use the curlpp wrapper to libcurl, the well known file transfer library, preferring to access its bare C interface. I feel more comfortable in this way, still there are a few low level details that require to be explicitly considered. For instance, the CURLOPT_WRITEFUNCTION option accepts as parameter only addresses to free functions (or static member functions). When we want to use a (non static) member function, we have to be prepared to deal with a certain amount of ugliness.

I'd like Curl to put the data it fetches (for more details, please have a look to the previous post where I talked about the plain Curl setup) in a (non static) member variable of the same class from which curl_easy_perform() is called. Something like that:
class CurledClass
{
  // ...

private:
  std::string data_; // 1

  CURLcode curling(/* ... */)
  {
    CURL* curl = curl_easy_init();

    // ...

    CURLcode code = curl_easy_perform(curl); // 2
    curl_easy_cleanup(curl);

    return code;
  }
};
1. I want to store the answer I get from Curl in this data member.
2. Calling Curl to perform the job.

As I said before, we can't pass a pointer to a non-static member function to CURLOPT_WRITEFUNCTION, but we pass a pointer to a static function, but we can ask Curl to pass an extra parameter to that function. We can let that parameter, CURLOPT_WRITEDATA, to be the pointer to this object, so that our static function could actually call a non-static member function:
CURL* curl = curl_easy_init();

// ...
curl_easy_setopt(curl, CURLOPT_WRITEFUNCTION, &CurledClass::write); // 1
curl_easy_setopt(curl, CURLOPT_WRITEDATA, this); // 2
// ...

data_.clear(); // 3
// ...
curl_easy_perform(curl);
1. I specify the static member function I want to be called.
2. I put in the CURLOPT_WRITEDATA option the pointer to the current CurledClass object
3. It is usually a good idea to cleanup the buffer before using it.

The static function specified as CURLOPT_WRITEFUNCTION now just acts like an adapter to the member function I want to use instead:
class CurledClass
{
  // ...
  static size_t write(void* buf, size_t size, size_t nr, void* self) // 1
  {
    return static_cast<LbsTest*>(self)->mWrite(static_cast<char*>(buf), size, nr); // 2
  }

  size_t mWrite(char* buf, size_t size, size_t nr) // 3
  {
    data_.append(buf, size * nr); // 4
    return size * nr;
  }
};
1. Notice the last parameter, that I called "self". It stores the value we have put to CURLOPT_WRITEDATA.
2. The static function write() simply calls the member function mWrite(). To do that it (unsafely) casts the self parameter to this, and the first parameter to a pointer to char..
3. Here is the member function that does the job of copying the data from the Curl buffer to the local one.
4. Remember that Curl could call many times the CURLOPT_WRITEFUNCTION, and we are expected to splice the passed data to build the actual result. I am using a standard STL string as buffer, so I just append the new data as I get it.

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