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From: Asger Alstrup Nielsen (alstrup_at_[hidden])
Date: 2000-11-23 05:23:58

> - I'm happy with overloading operator<< . Note that this will
> also be used for reading, i.e. it will (sometimes) change the
> variables i and j in this example:
> descriptor << i << j;
> so it looked a bit counter-intuitive to me on first sight.

I agree that it looks a bit counter-intuitive.

My experience with use of XTL is that it's the reading case that you
tend to forget, when you write the describe-function. Therefore, I
would suggest that we use

    descriptor >> i >> j;

instead to remind you of the reading?

Visually, it also can be interpreted as a directed list, corresponding
to the order of the elements when externalized/serialized.

Of course, an operator<> would be nice ;-)



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