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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-10-11 09:37:35

Aleksey Gurtovoy <agurtovoy_at_[hidden]> writes:

>> You might explore a interface here on boost which did not have the
>> pointer interface,
> Over my dead body ;). That's the interface we use here at Meta, and to
> say that our 'boost::optional' usage is extensive would be an
> understatement. We don't care for 'get', though.

Having not used optional extensively, I don't have a strong opinion on
which interface might be better, but it's been my experience that
objections to the pointer interface seem to be moral positions not
backed up by any sound technical argumentation. That said, moral
positions count when they are connected to votes in the committee, so
if there's a general consensus against the pointer interface there,
the onus is on those in favor of it to produce sound argumentation in

Dave Abrahams
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