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From: Jarl Lindrud (jlindrud_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-04-17 09:05:57

Yariv Tal <yariv_tal2003 <at>> writes:

> Is there a need for a Design by Contract (a.k.a Pre & Post conditions)
> library?

I tried to write something like this a while ago: http://www.codeproject.
com/cpp/DesignByContract.asp .

How much impact do your macros have on compile times? I found that the lambda
expressions used to implement postconditions really took a toll on compile times
with Visual C++ 7.1, and on other compilers, gcc for instance, its probably even

Since these macros are part of the function implementation, maybe one shouldn't
borrow the name "Design By Contract", since that implies a contract external to
the function. Proper DbC contracts need to be stated at the level of function
declarations, and would apply to overrides in derived classes as well.

Trying to simulate DbC through macros is a battle waiting to be lost, I think.
I'd be more interested in a good POSTCONDITION macro, that works like an
assertion, except that it kicks in when leaving the surrounding scope. Then
people can do whatever they want with it, including rudimentary "DbC".

My $0.02.


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