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From: Philippe Mori (philippe_mori_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-02-05 19:01:01

> The profiler that I am proposing would only measure a code block. This
> restriction is not too burdensome for my purposes, but I can not speak as
> to other people's unit tests. What is your view on this, generally and
> w.r.t to your current specific usage case?

Well, profiling associated to a block covers most case but definitively not
all cases. So for other cases, we need to be able to start or stop the
for a given counter.

Cases where blocks profiling are not enough include :

- Removing time elapsed in the user interface (say we display a message
box to the user).
- Profiling that should start in one function and end in another one.
- We might need to stop accumulating before the end of the scope in some
cases (for example, before displaying an error to the user).
- Some timing might be related to event handling or idle processing.
- We might want to deduce the time from an inner block to see the calling

For most flexibility, we need automatic (RAII) and manual profiling
(explicit start and stop and increment).


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