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From: Glen Knowles (gknowles_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-11-15 17:35:51

In general I would argue in favor of enabling asserts by default, but since
this is for what /to me/ is a third party library I'm less interested in
preventing day to day programming errors inside the library. This may be
impractical, but ideally I would like asserts to default on for the
preconditions of functions that I use as a client and default off for
internal implementation functions and classes.

-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Dimov [mailto:pdimov_at_[hidden]]
Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2001 9:20 AM
To: boost_at_[hidden]
Subject: Re: [boost] Boost.Assert

From: "Darin Adler" <darin_at_[hidden]>
> Let me try to paraphrase:
> Peter: Asserts default off.
> Darin: Why not default on?
> Peter: If asserts default off, we can add asserts to code that
> doesn't have asserts, without changing things for existing

Something like that, yes, but in addition:

Peter: Asserts default on lead to less assert use since they are no longer
'free' but need a cost/benefit analysis. See current Boost state. In
particular, Beman's general opinion is that checks should be on by default
but smart_ptr.hpp doesn't have checks.

> While I understand this argument, I am not convinced. If it was up to me,
> would still have the asserts default on, as with the C standard

It's a difficult decision in general.

Peter Dimov
Multi Media Ltd.
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