From: Andrei Alexandrescu (andrewalex_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-01-11 02:38:22
> I won't question your decision to not support the *_array versions by
> default since I mostly agree with it.
> But don't you think that the smart_ptr power user should be able to make
>  supporting pointer using a policy? (This is a specific instance of a
> general problem: adding features to smart_ptr using a policy.)
That kind of flexibility is a cool thing, though of course it shouldn't be
forgotten that a smart pointer is a smart pointer, not a kitchen sink.
Creating a StoragePolicy that inherits the default StoragePolicy, uses
delete and defines operator and some arithmetic is easy. The thing is,
you'd want to use CheckingPolicy before you do a dereference. And the
problem raised by Beman comes up: how do you get StoragePolicy's operator
use the CheckingPolicy to check the pointer?
The more I think of it, the more sense makes to enable free inter-policy
communication. Would be cool, I think, to find how to do that while still
keep it simple for the users who don't care about that.
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