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From: Vladimir Prus (ghost_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-03-30 10:21:56

Martin Bonner wrote:

>> While it's generally considered a bad practice to provide implicit
>> conversions, I think it would be good to provide such a conversion
>> for the boost::format class.
> [snip]
> Having been bit far too many times by bad implicit conversions, I would
> vote
> against such a change. I don't see why one shouldn't pass in a format
> object to a function (possibly for the function to add one argument to the
> format object).

And for implicit conversion to do any harm, you need to mistakenly pass
boost::format to a function which takes std::string, right? In this case,
boost::format will immediately throw and you'll detect the bug in no time.

> I still think that providing a member function with(), rather than an
> operator % would have been better. Then one could write:
> string s = format("%1%").with(10).str();
> which seems does seem neater than:
> string s = (format("%1%") % 10).str();
> If we are to change boost::format, I would prefer to add such a member
> function than an implicit conversion.

The 'with' function (or, maybe 'arg', like in QString), can be indeed neater
then parenthesis, though I still prefer

   string s = format("%1%") % 10;

- Volodya

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