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From: Daniel Frey (daniel.frey_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-05-15 09:57:12

Markus Werle wrote:
> In one of Herb Sutters articles I saw that
> after deleting a pointer (a pimpl) he assigns 0 afterwards
> which seems to me like a good idea.
> (see e.g. or
> Maybe there is a good reason (efficiency?)
> why checked_delete omits this extra step.
> Please explain

Setting the pointer to 0 is mostly useful for debugging, I guess, but
there might be other reasons. but the reason to use
boost::checked_delete is to add a test for an incomplete type - and
nothing more. It's an orthogonal concept and these concepts shouldn't be
mixed in one helper. Otherwise, you'd replace

delete t;
t = 0;


boost::checked_delete(t); // "new" version

instead of

boost::checked_delete(t); // "old" version
t = 0;

Maybe you want to write another helper if you need it often enough:

template< typename T > void delete_and_reset( T*& t )
    boost::checked_delete( t );
    t = 0;

Of course the delete_and_reset-concept implies the
checked_delete-concept, but not vice versa!

Regards, Daniel

Daniel Frey
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