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From: John Maddock (john_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-11-20 07:48:17

Howard Hinnant wrote:
> It has recently come to my attention that I could be overly sensitive
> to this issue and making a fuss about nothing. So I'm writing here
> for a reality check. Do boost programmers consider the use of
> <iostream> as a short cut to get to non-terminal-streams I/O a
> reasonable technique? Or do boost programmers feel that use of
> <iostream> should be reserved only when using one or more of cin,
> cout, cerr, clog, wcin, wcout, wcerr, wclog?
> I did a brief survey of boost 1.33.1 and found many "relaxed" uses of
> <iostream> under the boost/ directory (i.e. non test-case code). So
> in practice it does appear that using <iostream> as a shortcut is
> considered acceptable practice. However I wanted to highlight the
> point just in case people do view this as a bug that has simply snuck
> in under the radar to date.

Well it snuck under *my* radar I admit.

I think the problem here is that it's tricky to ensure that you have all the
necessary headers included: different implementations may or may not flag up
an error depending which headers you've included, so including <iostream> is
a sort of "belt-and-braces" approach.

But in principle you are correct.

As an aside, I've always wanted a sort of "conceptual" std lib
implementation, that included in each header nothing except what absolutely
has to be there. Just the declarations would do, so we could do
compile-time tests against it to verify inclusion of the right headers: the
only tricky bit is getting the compile time constants correct so that it can
still compile meta code. Any volunteers? :->


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