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From: Kevin Atkinson (kevinatk_at_[hidden])
Date: 2000-03-17 18:01:42

On Fri, 17 Mar 2000, Miki Jovanovic wrote:

> Some time ago, somebody raised the issue about implicit casts. And I
> liked the idea very much. But since then the conversation died out and
> nothing happened.
> The idea was that the implicit casts like:
> operator T*() const throw() { return ptr; }
> be replaced with:
> operator void*() const throw() { return ptr; }
> The reason is that such a pointer can be checked for NULLness, can be
> assigned to other void*'s, but cannot be dereferenced by accident. In
> addition, it will make all our smart pointers nicer, because the
> BOOST_SMART_PTR_CONVERSION define will be a non-issue any more.
> I have not heard any strong voices against this, so unless somebody has
> a good argument against, I would like to propose this change to all our
> smart pointers.

Let me put a strong voice against it. I think an implicit conversion to a
pointer is generally safe and I use it all the time. Since the conversion
from a pointer to a smart pointer is made explicit.

Kevin Atkinson

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