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From: Larry Evans (jcampbell3_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-10-02 21:03:52

Eric Woodruff wrote:

>As I said, there is abiguity, and now a superfluous class that provides no
>functional benefit.
>"Larry Evans" <jcampbell3_at_[hidden]> wrote in message
Does the following reflect what you mean by "ambiguous"?

shared_ptr_const<T> is more "ambiguous" compared to shared_ptr<const T>
because in the latter, the "const" qualifier is explicitly next to the T.
IOW, the template argument prefixed to & should be the type of
operator*, i.e. it should be as in:

            const T& share_ptr<const T>::operator*(void)const

rather than:

           const T& shared_ptr_const<T>::operator*(void)const

Does the following reflect what you mean by "superfluous"?

void g(shared_ptr<const T> p)

can be called with a shared_ptr<T> argument (just as Held
showed in his 3ird code example) ; therefore, there's
no need for the shared_ptr_const<T> class. This is of course
David Abraham's argument. The only reason I didn't use it was
because Held wanted to avoid the extra copy constructor call.
However, I guess you regard this as a "performance desire"
rather than a "functional requirement".

Does the above accurately reflect your meaning?

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