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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-10-08 14:33:14

"Powell, Gary" <powellg_at_[hidden]> writes:

> I have read the code and the documents and vote to accept.
> I have one suggestion and that is the names "enable_if_c" and the rest
> which end in "_c" should be changed to end in "_cond" or "_condition"
> rather and use the terse and non Hungarian, and non intuitive suffix
> notation "_c" for "char". AFAIK these additional classes are to help
> certain compilers and library writers. Code that uses this stuff will
> be read far more often than written so clarity in naming is worth the
> extra bit of typing.

The "_c" suffix was chosen for compatibility with the convention used
in MPL, and it doesn't stand for "_condition" but "(integral)
Constant". To understand why it should be so terse you really need to
understand the whole design of the library, but you could consider:

     typedef list_c<int, 1, 2, 3, 5> l;

     typedef vector_c<long, 1, 2, 3, 5> v;
     typedef at_c<v, 3>::type v3rd;
     typedef at<v, integral_c<unsigned, 2> > v3rd_;

     if_c<enabled, a, b>
     apply_if_c<enabled, f1<X>, f2<Y> >

and a few others.

> And while its a bicycle shed issue, I do think that good names are
> extremely important.

Agreed. In this case, the argument will have to be over what's

Dave Abrahams
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