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From: Dill, John (john-dill_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-04-15 11:08:17

> > While having pass-by-value
> > may be more convenient and occur more often, the counter-intuitiveness
> > of the semantics will lead to subtle bugs in people's code who
> > misunderstand or forget bind's behavior in this area.
> A bold prediction in the face of contradictory evidence.

Can you elaborate? You may have no problems understanding the library, but the first time I tried to bind with a reference, I ran into the same confusion. I am speaking from my own limited experience with the library. I've read the documentation:

// Start of docs
The arguments that bind takes are copied and held internally by the returned function object. For example, in the following code:

int i = 5;

bind(f, i, _1);

a copy of the value of i is stored into the function object. boost::ref and boost::cref can be used to make the function object store a reference to an object, rather than a copy:

int i = 5;

bind(f, ref(i), _1);
// End of docs

I know this makes it explicit that you need a ref or cref to have bind store a reference to an object, but there is no reasoning behind this design decision in the documentation, or that I can find in the implementation and I've not stumbled across it in the mail archives.


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