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From: Alexander Terekhov (terekhov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-06-01 09:39:50

Peter Dimov wrote:
> Alexander Terekhov wrote:
> > Maksym Motornyy wrote:
> >>
> >> Thanks for articles. Well, I understand that multithreaded
> >> environment can be a bad place for COW optimization.
> >
> > That's a myth.
> It depends on the interface of the class. Returning pointers and references
> into the object is bad, as is const/non-const overloading where the
> non-const version can be used for read access.

Use const reference/const_cast<> for read access (and non-const
object) to avoid unwanted mutations.

> Non-const member functions of the begin()/end() variety are worse than just
> returning a single reference into the object, because you can't "copy on
> write" between the two, or they'll get out of sync.

Yeah, simply put, mutations of std::string object may invalidate
references and iterators (with COW inspired semantics for non-
const operator[]() et al. )... threads or no threads, COW or no

> Reference-counting immutable objects is fine, but COW can be a pain.

Only in wrong hands. ;-)


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