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From: Martin Adrian (adrianm_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-04-16 02:44:05

> What if StringT doesn't have a char_type define (such as const wchar_t *)?

(char_type should be value_type, which is part of the basic_string standard)

How do you expect to_string to work with "const wchar_t*"? returning a pointer
to a static buffer, dymaicly allocating it?

In my class implementation I have a to_c_str() function which returns a
pointer to the streams internal buffer.

string_conversion<std::string> conv(somelocale, &std::hex);

conv.to_string(123); //returns std::string
conv.to_c_str(123); // returns const char*

> What if you have something like basic_string< char, case_insensitive< char >
>? Or define a different allocator?

Don't understand the question. basic_to_string should work fine with any
string class that can be constructed from a "StringT::value_type*".

> typedef typename traits::char_type< StringT >::type char_type;
> typedef typename traits::char_traits< StringT >::type char_traits;
> typedef typename traits::allocator_type< StringT >::type allocator;
> std::basic_ostringstream< char_type, char_traits, allocator > os;
> os << x;

What does the string's traits and allocator got to do with the stream?
Is it so that just beacuse I use a pool allocator for my strings I automaticly
want to use it for streams as well?

It should probably be

template <typename StringT, typename TraitsT, typename AllocatorT, typename T>
StringT to_string(const T& x) {
  std::basic_ostringstream< StringT::value_type, TraitsT, AllocatorT > os;
  os << x;
  return StringT(os.str().c_str());

but since you can't have default template parameters for functions it
complicates usage a lot without adding much value.

(My stream class also uses small string optimization so allocation rarly

> People in this discussion have expressed a dislike of throwing exceptions on
conversion failure w.r.t.
> lexical_cast. We could have a string_to and try_string_to, where the try_
version returns T and throws,
> while the other returns optional<T> and doesn't throw.

My version allows you to specify what should be returned on error instead.

try_string_to can then easily be implemented as:

template <typename T, typename StringT>
T try_string_to(const StringT& str) {
  return string_to<T, StringT>(str, T());

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