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From: jeff_at_[hidden]
Date: 2001-06-22 19:26:25

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Greg Colvin [mailto:gcolvin_at_[hidden]]
> Sent: Friday, June 22, 2001 7:55 PM
> To: boost_at_[hidden]
> Subject: Re: [boost] Question about leading underscores
> From: Beman Dawes <bdawes_at_[hidden]>
> > At 06:40 PM 6/22/2001, Greg Colvin wrote:
> >
> > >The safe rule is not to use leading underscores, although I
> > >think those above are technically OK, if useless.
> >
> > Why? Lots of programmers (me included) use a single leading underscore in
> > private member names. It never causes any problems, and is completely
> > standard conforming.
> So long as you remember not to follow the underscore with
> a capital letter.
> Also, some shops use a leading underscore for unavoidable
> variables in statement macros that might interfere with
> other names. I know, don't use macros ...

Just this week I wasted a couple hours when I got killed by a platform header
file (socket.h) that has _send, _shutdown, _recv as macro definitions. This did
very nasty things to some C++ code. Macros are EVIL, and sometimes you can't
avoid them....


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