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From: Peter Dimov (pdimov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-05-08 05:05:46

From: "Darin Adler" <darin_at_[hidden]>
> Some people

Me. ;-)

> have developed a "safe_bool" idiom where you define a conversion to an
obscure type of pointer (a particularly obscure variant of a pointer to a
member) so you can do "if (p)" statements, but not "int i = p" statements.
It's used in the Boost function library.
> We might want to consider using this technique in the smart pointer

It's already being used. It allows

if(shared_ptr<T> p = make_shared(wp))
// ...


if(shared_ptr<T> p = shared_dynamic_cast<T>(p2))
// ...

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