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From: Gennadiy Rozental (gennadiy.rozental_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-04-05 00:20:12

> I argue that top-level const type arguments are meaningless in the context
> of variant. Given the example you provide:
> typedef boost::variant<int const, std::string const> GlobalParameter;
> GlobalParameter input_socket(12345);
> input_socket = 54321; // no way to prevent this!!

How come!? It should be very easy to prohibit all mutating operations for
variant once it has top level const bound types (with static asserts)

> We can put it in the docs, but it seems straightforward that a const
> would, in fact, not allow modification. What reason would lead someone to
> believe otherwise?

No. I meant that: Would we decide to keep the current semantic (without top
level const) we need to say explecetly what to do to define variant type for
constant object.


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