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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-08-13 13:48:22

From: "Peter Dimov" <pdimov_at_[hidden]>

> From: "David Abrahams" <dave_at_[hidden]>
> > Hi everybody,
> >
> > I'm looking for a clever trick, if anyone can come up with it...
> > In v2 of the Boost.Python library, when users define a class wrapper,
> > looks something like this:
> >
> > class_<X>("X")
> > .def_init(args<int, char*>()) // constructor
> > .def("foo", &X::foo) // member function
> > ;
> >
> > Each of class_<>'s member functions returns *this to allow the chaining
> > idiom shown above.
> >
> > What I'd like is to be able to generate a compiler warning or error if
> > user fails to call the def_init() member function somewhere in the
> > Any ideas?
> class_<X>("X", args<int, char*>()).def("foo", &X::foo);

I thought of that too, just after I posted. Not a bad idea, since not
passing any args<> can be the same as the default constructor -- that's
actually better than causing an error.

The (minor) problem with this is that it's asymmetric -- the user can add
other constructor overloads, but those will use def_init. Overall, I like
it, though.

This discussion came out of a desire to implement the "Automatic Object
Initialization" feature detailed at
Opinions from the C++-sig?

           David Abrahams * Boost Consulting
dave_at_[hidden] *

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