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From: Kevlin Henney (kevlin_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-07-20 10:27:14

> From: "Fernando Cacciola" <fcacciola_at_[hidden]>
>> The original, pre-Boost version of any was written so that it could be
>> implemented using reference counting and copy-on-write. This is why the
>> original version had no non-const access to the contained member -- this
>> was added as a result of Boost reviewing.
>> I presume you are proposing a class that is intended to be transparently
>> reference counting, ie using copy on write?
>No, not copy-on-write.
>I propose a variant type that is not a (deep) lvalue, so no copy on write is
>necessary. That's why I compared it to a *read only* string.
>You can *replace* the value but not *modifiy* it.

Good, in which case that avoids many of those infamous COW problems. In
effect you are proposing a const_any, with which I have much more
sympathy -- see and

>>If so, the implementation
>> you provided needs to perform a copy on the non-const any_cast. If not,
>> then I would suggest it should be to avoid mixing unrelated semantics
>> and ideas ;-)
>Of course this changes the semantic in that you don't have non-const access
>(which I forgot to modify on the sample code).

OK, it was this oversight that threw me.


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