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From: Stewart, Robert (stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-04-11 08:44:48

From: Beman Dawes [mailto:bdawes_at_[hidden]]
> At 02:13 PM 4/9/2002, Stewart, Robert wrote:
> I also used to put the output parameters first, but then the
> STL got me
> doing it the other way around. I think on balance I like
> output first, for
> the reasons you mention.

I'm must be missing something. How does the STL get you to put output
parameters last? The only think I can think of is with predicates, and few
(any?) of them are passed as non-const references such that they contain
potentially new state after the function call.

> >Looking at this code, I find myself a bit confused by the
> terminology you
> >have selected. I was troubled when I read your list (on
> the filesystem
> >design page you posted), but didn't quite know what was wrong.
> I'm not entirely happy with terminology either.
> I spent some time reading the POSIX definitions at
> I really don't see them as any less confusing, although it

Those say pretty much what I said. Notably, Posix doesn't define "path,"
which I did.

> might be better
> to just go with a standardized terminology. So for now, exact
> terminology
> remains an open issue.

"Standard terminology" is the same sort of argument for sticking with
printf()-style formatting in the format library. I should think it would
apply equally well here unless someone presents a better idea.

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