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From: E. Gladyshev (egladysh_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-10-08 22:06:24

--- David Abrahams <dave_at_[hidden]> wrote:

> > [...]
> >
> >> I realize it now.
> >> I think that it is ok to have a singular variant.
> >> It should be treated as unallocated memory
> >> any access to it should generate an exception.
> >
> > The downside is that then all users of boost::variant have to test for this
> > possible condition or be prepared for runtime failure where otherwise they
> > could rely on the variant to contain one of the specified types. Rather
> > than force this complexity on those who aren't concerned with the
> > possibility of using the heap backup, those who want this behaviour can just
> > specify boost::empty as on of the possible types of the variant. As Dave
> > was saying you are in effect using boost::empty to specify the policy.
> Note that it wouldn't just be forced on people who are willing to
> accept heap allocation. It would also be forced on people who don't
> want heap allocation, but know they are never going to assign a
> *different* type into a variant once it's been initialized.

All are good points.
I really like the fact that
variant< my_type, int > and variant< int, my_type >
have the same behavior (sorry Dave :)) now.

What is the rationale for basic guarantees?
Let's say that there is an assignment exception
and varaint<t1,t2> has one of
the value-initialized types, t1 or t2 now.
What do you normally do with that?

BTW: I am not able to get the latest code from boost CVS.
I guess that the server is overloaded or something.
Worked fine couple days ago. I'll keep trying.


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