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From: Peter Dimov (pdimov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-09-03 09:10:31

From: "David Abrahams" <david.abrahams_at_[hidden]>
> From: "Peter Dimov" <pdimov_at_[hidden]>
> > Although my point was more along the lines that even given a
> > smart pointer, your particular case would most probably still call for
> > old school, hand written implementation.
> I don't see why. Why do you say that?

It seems to me that you needed a type that

* is like shared_ptr, but with an intrusive count, i.e. has reference
* is a dynamically-allocated array, i.e. has a constructor like
my_shared_array(int n);
* remembers this 'n', i.e. has a size() member.

This is something that is halfway between shared_array and vector. In a
situation like this I'd have created a shared_ptr<vector<T> >-based
prototype first. I assume that you didn't like the performance of the

Perhaps I've misunderstood, but I think that a policy-based design would
likely allow you to specify interface and behavior, but not provide the
tools necessary to achieve the low-level customizations needed for this kind
of performance-tuning. I may be wrong.

Peter Dimov
Multi Media Ltd.

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