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From: Oleg Abrosimov (beholder_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-04-04 14:40:23

my vote is that the library should be accepted to boost

- Did you try to use the library? With what compiler?
  Did you have any problems?

1) in file promote_enum_test.cpp the version of compiler can be increased.
// Status of some compilers:
// Microsoft (R) 32-bit C/C++ Optimizing Compiler Version 12.00.8168 for
// /Ze (enable extentions) promotes UIntEnum incorrectly to int.
// /Za (disable extentions) is totally broken.

this test is broken for
Microsoft (R) 32-bit C/C++ Optimizing Compiler Version 13.10.3077 for 80x86

as well ;-)

I've modified the test function from promote_util.hpp :
template<class T, class Promoted>
inline void test()
>::type promoted;
::boost::promote<::boost::remove_reference<T>::type const
>::type promoted_c;
volatile>::type promoted_v;
::boost::promote<::boost::remove_reference<T>::type const
volatile>::type promoted_cv;
     BOOST_STATIC_ASSERT(( ::boost::is_same< promoted ,
::boost::remove_reference<Promoted>::type >::value ));
     BOOST_STATIC_ASSERT(( ::boost::is_same< promoted_c ,
::boost::remove_reference<Promoted>::type const >::value ));
     BOOST_STATIC_ASSERT(( ::boost::is_same< promoted_v ,
::boost::remove_reference<Promoted>::type volatile >::value ));
     BOOST_STATIC_ASSERT(( ::boost::is_same< promoted_cv,
::boost::remove_reference<Promoted>::type const volatile >::value ));

in order to suppress modifier applied to reference warning:
"promote_util.hpp(26) : warning C4181: qualifier applied to reference
type; ignored
  promote_basic_test.cpp(82) : see reference to function template
instantiation 'void test<arr_ref,arr_ref>(void)'"

this test should be named test_cv, isn't it?

- What is your evaluation of the design?

- What is your evaluation of the documentation?

enough, but common usage examples would help.
a) understand these components
b) for users new in this domain it helps learn about the domain and
about some common techniques and abilities.
so, one can read docs and say: "Wow! I can use it my code! And that is
_how_ I can do it!"

It should contain references to standard paragraphs about "integral
promotion" (4.5) and
"floating point promotion" (4.6) to describe these terms. It is
necessary, because the behavior of components
can not be understood without understanding of terms. May be it makes
sense to include full text of corresponding
paragraphs of standard in documentation. (for FP it is just one line)

- What is your evaluation of the implementation?

mistyping error
integral_promotion.hpp : 42
// Same set of interral types as in boost/type_traits/is_integral.hpp.
should be:
// Same set of integral types as in boost/type_traits/is_integral.hpp.

the line:
// 4.5/3 (integral bit-field) is not supported.

_must_ be reflected in docs. Along with rational. (even if it is a lack
of resources)

All the non-standard types stuff in integral_promotion.hpp seems to be
untested. And the purpose of this code is unclear.

same for test_platform_dependent test in file promote_util.hpp - it is
not used at all.
why it is here?

- How much effort did you put into your evaluation? A glance? A
  quick reading? In-depth study?

reading docs is easy and enough to be ready to use the library.
(but I've had to see in 4.5-4.6 paragraphs of standard to be sure)
In order to make full review, I've dig into code. It was not hard. the
code is straightforward,
so the full time spent was about 1 hour.

- What is your evaluation of the potential usefulness of the library?

As Alexander has already noted, and it should be stated in docs,
the library under discussion can be used in the following areas:

1. to reduce number of instantiations in template code, especially when
enums considered.
2. to find a type that can hold all values of enum type. This technique
can be used in langbinding to make sure that all C++ enum values are
mapped without truncation.
3. to use in other metafunctions like arithmetic_convertion_traits and
to provide a solution for (_1 | _2)(bit1, bit2) lambda expression.

- Are you knowledgeable about the problem domain?

I've experience with template metaprogramming.
The first use case mentioned above is close to me, and other two are not.

Oleg Abrosimov

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