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From: Moore, Paul (Paul.Moore_at_[hidden])
Date: 1999-12-10 05:32:38

From: Kevlin Henney [mailto:Kevlin.Henney_at_[hidden]]
> This sounds like a call for enum traits, which is an idea I
> was playing with a couple of years ago. The intent was to
> make more compile time information about enums available,
> and support automatic sets of operations, including iteration.
> It might be worth dusting that stuff off, revise and boost it. Any
> interest?

Yes, definitely. But can useful things be done without compiler support or
extensive specialisation on a per-enumeration basis?

The thing I find I need most often is a to_string() or output method, which
gives a symbolic result. Code like

enum colour { RED, GREEN, BLUE };

ostream& operator<< (ostream& os, colour c)
    switch (c) {
    case RED: os << "RED"; break;
    case GREEN: os << "GREEN"; break;
    case BLUE: os << "BLUE"; break;
    return os;

rapidly gets tedious and error prone.

But I really don't see how it can be automated without some form of compiler
support. After all, there's the case of

    enum bits { bit0=1, bit1=2, bit2=4, bit3=8 };
    bits b = bit1|bit3;
    cerr << "Debug: b = " << b << endl;


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