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From: Giovanni Bajo (giovannibajo_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-04-17 16:48:52

----- Original Message -----
From: "Douglas Gregor" <gregod_at_[hidden]>
To: <boost_at_[hidden]>
Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2002 10:32 PM
Subject: Re: [boost] Loki Functor

> Of course, the + operator becomes ambiguous once we starting talking about
> Lambda. I don't like the use of + for chaining anymore :)

too bad :)

> This goes way beyond what I would consider chaining; for anything where I
> want to take several arguments and redistribute them to one or more
> operations (including changes in ordering, duplication, etc.) I expect to
> a binding library.

And if you take me example, you see that bind() is used to redistribute the
arguments. chain() just makes sure that all the arguments are correctly
exposed. A bind-only solution would be something weird like:

bind2(foo, _1, _2)(bar, _3, _4);
bind2(foo, _1, _2)(bar, _1, _2); // call both with the same parameters.

Of course, the function objects returned by bind2() can't be called in any
way, while bind2()() is "complete".

> There is one technical issue with implementing your suggestion: we don't
> the relative arities of 'foo' and 'bar'. For instance:
> do_something(bind(chain(foo, bar), _1, _2, _1, _3, _2));
> How many arguments does 'foo' get?

template <typename F>
struct ArityTrait;

template <typename R, typename A>
struct ArityTrait<R (*)(A)>
{ enum { value = 1 }; };

template <typename R, typename A, typename B>
struct ArityTrait<R (*)(A, B)>
{ enum { value = 2 }; };

template <typename F>
int CalcArity(F f)
 return ArityTrait<F>::value;

void Foo(int a, float b) {}
void Bar(int c) {}

int main()
 printf("Foo's arity: %d\n", CalcArity(Foo));
 printf("Bar's arity: %d\n", CalcArity(Bar));

Or did I misunderstand the problem?

Giovanni Bajo

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