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From: Rob Stewart (stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-04-02 10:52:18

From: "Rozental, Gennadiy" <gennadiy.rozental_at_[hidden]>
> > Trait - A class template parameterized on a single type that
> > associates information with that type. A traits class,
> > therefore, provides an external, named grouping of
> > metainformation, behavior, or both for that type. A trait
> > class is never passed as a template parameter; it's name is
> > ubiquitous. A traits class never has state.
> By state you mean non-static data members, yes?


> > Policy - A class template passed to other templates for the
> > purpose of providing a named grouping of metainformation,
> > behavior, or both to those templates. Because it is a
> > template parameter, different policy classes can be used as
> > desired. In many cases, a policy class is used as a base class.
> Well, apparently there is somebody who think the same as I do.
> Thank you Rob, for your definitions. They seems sound and close to what I
> have in mind.

I'm hoping we can all come to agree on something that usefully
distinguishes these terms. It is a hindrance to communication if
everyone brings a different interpretation of the words to a
conversation and if the two are thought to be completely
interchangeable, then why use both?

Rob Stewart                           stewart_at_[hidden]
Software Engineer           
Susquehanna International Group, LLP  using std::disclaimer;

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