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From: Iain K. Hanson (ikh_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-05-01 19:06:55

On Sun, May 01, 2005 at 01:08:39AM -0400, Arkadiy Vertleyb wrote:
> "Iain K. Hanson" <ikh_at_[hidden]> wrote
> > Yes, but until now boosters have kept PP to the implementation of
> libraries
> > not pushing it out into user code. And PP does obscifate code for those
> > of us that like to look at the implementation of libraries in order to
> learn.
> Generating preprocessed code might help.

Yes, I know but it does involve more that just dropping the code on the

> > I have a great deal of respect for the PP authors/mainters but it is still
> > textual substitution so why not awk or python scripts.
> Because the preprocessor is built in, which means no external tools is
> required.
> > > Code generation will be here, like it or not. You don't like macros,
> but
> > > what's the alternative? MFC wizards? IDL?
> >
> > Yes, but I thought boost was about quality C++ libraries and showing best
> > C++ practice.
> And, I hope, it is. However, what is "best C++ practice"? C++ is a
> multi-paradigm language, and it enabes variety of techniques. IMO this is a
> strength of C++, and this is what makes it fun, as opposed to some other,
> very popular, languages. I would even say this is _the_ strength of C++.
> So making best of these techniques is what makes best C++ practice.
Yes but I don't regard the preprocessor as a normally valid part of that
multi-paradigm. I am much more in agreement with the views expressed in D&E.


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