From: Hurd, Matthew (hurdm_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-09-02 21:27:25
> From: Fernando Cacciola [mailto:fcacciola_at_[hidden]]
> Mat Marcus <mmarcus-boost_at_[hidden]> wrote in message
> > Those who answer no to the above question may
> > prefer to write code that uniformly handles T and optional<T>.
> I doubt such uniformity can be implemented smoothly.
> > As you know, my (current) answer is no. There may be a
> third group who
> > want both. The problem is that I find that the pointer-like
> > is distracting, but that may be because I'm unfamiliar with the
> > use-cases where you might want to handle T*'s and optional<T>'s
> > uniformly or even replace raw pointers with optional<T>'s, since
> > pointers also bring allocation issues with them. Instead I
> have been
> > mainly focused on replacing T's with optional<T>'s.
> Being able to replace T's with optional<T>'s is indeed a
> reasonable goal. I did it myself quite a few times. But I
> don't see how this can be made as smoothly as you wish though.
I use optional<T> quite a bit and am glad T and optional<T> are different.
Saves my bacon when I do silly things, especially when something transitions
from a T to an optional<T>. Strongly typed maintenance is something I'm
T* and optional<T> substitutability seems fine to me.
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