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From: Andy Sawyer (andys_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-07-10 20:23:10

From: Andy Sawyer <boost_at_[hidden]>
To: Boost mailing list <boost_at_[hidden]>
Subject: [boost] Re: functors for taking apart std::pair?
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 22:10:42 +0100

>>>>> "ED" == Edward Diener <eddielee_at_[hidden]> writes:

  ED> Marshall Clow wrote:
>> I recently had a need for a functor to return a component of a
>> std::pair, and I was surprised to see that they didn't exist
>> either in the standard library or in boost.

  ED> Matt Austern lists in his excellent book "Generic Programming
  ED> and the STL" the functors select1st and select2nd for getting a
  ED> pair's "first" and "second" members repsectively. His note to
  ED> both says that they were in the original HP STL and in the SGI
  ED> STL although they are not present in the current C++ Standard
  ED> Library.

Marshall's "first" and "second" are slightly different to the HP

template <class T1, class T2>
struct first: std::unary_function< std::pair <T1, T2>, T1>


template<typename Pair>
struct select1st
 : std::unary_function< Pair, typename Pair::first_type>

The HP version has the advantage of working for "pair-like" pairs
other than std::pair, and (IIRC) it returns a reference to (rather
than a copy of) the selected member.

FWIW, I've found both versions (or their moral equivalent) useful over
the years.

I think these disappeared from the standard around the same time as
project1st/project2nd? (or at least, didn't make it in at around the
same time :)

 Andy S.
(/me disappears below the boost rader for a couple more years ;))

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