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From: Peter Dimov (pdimov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-05-01 05:02:47

From: "Andrei Alexandrescu" <andrewalex_at_[hidden]>
> "Greg Colvin" <greg_at_[hidden]> wrote in message
> news:
> > An interesting theory. Of course persons comfortable framework
> > can be another persons Procrustean bed. ;->
> Alrighty, watch your height folks :o).
> Seriously now, I think there's enough evidence to back up the assertion
> useful generalizations are possible at least for smart pointers. So I
> understand why we're having this discussion on "doesn't follow" and
> "interesting theory" etc.

I believe that you missed my point.

I am not trying to claim that useful generalizations are impossible. What I
am trying to say is that "users' needs are so varied" doesn't imply "we need
a standard smart pointer." In fact the opposite would be true.

In order to justify the need for a _standard_ (emphasis on standard) smart
pointer, there must be agreement that users' needs, albeit varied, have so
much in common that a standard class, inrastructure, or framework can help.

That agreed upon, the next step is to claim that a single class template
(shared_ptr) doesn't solve users' problems, and a more general, but still
standard, framework is needed. I've no problem with that, but please do try
to start from the "users' problems" part and build from there.

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