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From: Matt Calabrese (rivorus_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-06-25 13:59:57

On 6/25/06, me22 <me22.ca_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> I think it's worth including. It's not all that uncommon; even
> Freenode/##C++'s channel bot has the following factoid:
> Don't use sizeof() to get the size of an array, because sizeof() will
> do the wrong thing if that 'array' is actually a pointer. Use the
> following instead: template <typename T, size_t N> size_t array_size(T
> (&)[N]) { return N; }

The downside of that is that it doesn't yield a compile-time constant, so
you can't use it, for instance, as the size of another non-dynamically
allocated array, nor for template metaprogramming, etc. For my projects, I
do something like:

#include <cstddef>

namespace boost
template< typename Type, ::std::size_t Size >
char (&array_size_impl( Type (&)[Size] ))[Size];

#define BOOST_ARRAY_SIZE( array ) sizeof( ::boost::array_size_impl( array )


The benefit of the above is that in addition to
giving an easy-to-read compile-time an
error when attempting to pass a pointer, it also yields a compile-time
constant value.

-Matt Calabrese

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