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From: Korcan Hussein (korcan_h_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-10-24 04:08:31

"Joel de Guzman" <joel_at_[hidden]> wrote in message
> I didn't run it but I think I understand what's going on. It simply
> encodes the recursive expression-type in the recursive variant.
> There's a significant flaw with this approach: all nodes must
> be known in advance. There is no possibility of user defined leaves;
> nor is there a possibility for having nodes that are from a different
> library;

I relized this when i was reading Spirit's documentation. I did mention from
the begining all terminal leaf node types must be given, like in an MPL
sequence (and probably for nonterminal node types if you can add more to the
set). I did also mention this was in no way been generalized or a library of
any form it was just an idea i had the other day. It's not true that there
is "no possibility user-defined leaves" it is just not as simple as erasing

I had some ideas to get around this, my initial thought was have a fallback
on to type erasing you have a catch all type of the set of types in a
variant that uses type erasing i don't like the idea but in this case there
would probably be no choice.

So yeah this does not gel so well with Spirit, maybe if boost::variant was
like OCaml's polymorphic variants it would be a more feasible. Still though
this could have it uses in other places where client wouldn't normally add
new internal (nonterminal) nodes.

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