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From: Aleksey Gurtovoy (agurtovoy_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-02-13 04:13:32

The following is a sketch of a potential use case for the newly-accepted and
already very useful 'optional' class.

Suppose you have a pure RAII guard/locker which unconditionally does its

    struct RAII_lock
        : boost::noncopyable
        RAII_lock(entity& e);
and you want to write a semantic equivalent to the following

    boost::scoped_ptr<RAII_lock> lock( cond ? new RAII_lock(entity) : 0 );
    // ...

expect for the dynamic allocation part. How would you do it?

IMO the following seems only natural:

    boost::optional<RAII_lock> lock( cond, entity );
    // ...

The only problem with the above is that currently you cannot write something
like this. It would be nice if we could, IMO.



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