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From: Sam Partington (sam.partington_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-11-25 11:17:57

Peter Dimov <mailto:pdimov_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> Sam Partington wrote:
>> Documentation of Peters idiom in a very limited form, including why
>> it is not suitable in a generic case is available in the rationale
>> part of the bool_testable notes :
> afe_bool_note
> I'm not sure whether the statement "this implementation required the
> user to provide operator!" is correct. Operator! in shared_ptr is a
> Borland-specific workaround.

Its not incorrect in what it meant to say, though it is perhaps badly
phrased. If I rephrase it to something like :

"in the safe-bool implementation that was suggested, the user would provide
operator! and a operator bool-like conversion is provided by the library.
In contrast, the implementation of bool_testable that was decided upon, the
user provides operator bool, and the library makes this safe, and provides

I.e. the sentence was referring to the particular implementation of the
safe-bool idiom that was suggested for bool_testable. Not for the safe-bool
idiom as a whole.


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