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From: Tobias Schwinger (tschwinger_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-11-19 03:29:14

Steven Watanabe wrote:
>>Tobias Schwinger wrote:
>> What's wrong with the tag types (other than personal taste) in the first place?
> Anything that can be made to work with a different interface will work
> with the tags.
> So, to a large degree they are a matter of personal taste.
> I've had a lot of trouble trying to figure out why I didn't like them. I
> think it can be summarized as

> 1. They depart from existing (TypeTraits) usage for no
> particular gain.
> This is not really important especially since the default arguments make
> this invisible
> for the most common case and it would be very bad to forbid potential
> improvements just
> because they are different.

I agree.

> 2. Why are they used for some things and not others? The tags are used
> for variadicness,
> constness, and calling convention, but (from a user's perspective) they
> are not used
> for member pointer vs. function vs. function pointer.

The previous version used tags for these properties.

Further, 2 is in opposition to 1: putting the "function decoration" into tags will remove the "TypeTraits feel".

All I can say is: I've been there. I came to the conclusion that simple and straightforward client code is more important -- and it really did cost me quite an effort to let go of the nagging perfectionism about consistency for consistency's sake.

> 3. Why separate the return type and the parameters from everything else?
> I would
> prefer to either combine or separate EVERYTHING. That, however, is just
> personal
> taste.

For the same reason I'm not at all convinced that it would really make the library better.

However, these thoughts seem familiar, somehow ;-)... Thanks for taking the time to put them into words!



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