Boost logo

Boost :

From: Paul A. Bristow (boost_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-05-01 13:53:32

| -----Original Message-----
| From: boost-bounces_at_[hidden]
| [mailto:boost-bounces_at_[hidden]]On Behalf Of Justin M. Lewis
| Sent: Sunday, April 27, 2003 12:14 AM
| To: Boost mailing list
| Subject: Re: [boost] in/out parameters, coding styles
| andmaintenance[was:class proposal]

I've followed this long discussion, but I am left feeling like the Irishman
replying to a request for directions "Well, I wouldn't start from here!".

Languages designed using rational thought from good basic premises, like Ada,
have explicit in, out and inout parameters. Sadly C++ has growed like Topsy from
some dodgy articles of faith.

C++ only has confusing consts, but conventionally we don't even apply it to
procedure parameters (double log(const double); is clear but causes trouble and
sometimes appears to impede optimisation).

So I too am unconvinced that the sticking plaster proposed is useful even as
first aid.


Paul A Bristow, Prizet Farmhouse, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 8AB UK
+44 1539 561830 Mobile +44 7714 33 02 04
Mobile mailto:pabristow_at_[hidden]

Boost list run by bdawes at, gregod at, cpdaniel at, john at