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From: Andrei Alexandrescu (andrewalex_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-04-19 16:42:19

<DKl_at_[hidden]> wrote in message
> > I believe the two will coexist at least until template typedefs make it
> > into the mainstream, at least on backward compatibility grounds.
> My point is that they not only will coexist but that they actually *have*
> to coexists: one without the other makes no sense! For interfaces
> having only a policy-based smart pointer is evil.

Well, if "X is evil" is used as an argument against X, well, how can I
refute it :o).

SmartPtr is a template typedef shy away from shared_ptr. Why would one make
no sense without the other?

> For individual types
> having only one choice (ie. the current 'boost::shared_ptr') is also
> evil (however, since everybody seemed to be keen on replacing the latter
> with the form I didn't state that 'boost::shared_ptr<T>' is evil: that
> would have been oil on the flames...). They are both only viable
> together!

We certainly live in an evil world :o).

> Maybe my subject was too harsh: I'm *NOT* objecting to having and using
> policy-based smart pointer. What I'm objecting to is having *only* these!

First, that's a long cry from the title and the tone of your initial
message. Second, I didn't say we only have these. Of course, when template
typedefs will be out, I'll come with my little list. In my own projects I
prefer less duplicated code so I use the inner class trick to get around it,
but I understand that might not be palatable to all.


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