From: Sebastian Redl (sebastian.redl_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-12-05 16:15:15
Scott Woods wrote:
> IIUC, the example above appears to be an example of a "header reader" that
> can be used at runtime to switch code paths inside the application.
Yep, that's what it is.
> Imagine you have an application that saves its configuration in a file using
> the I/O chain library. You decide that the encoding will be binary to
> users from fiddling. You further decide that users arent so bad and that
> an advanced tab will let them switch between binary encoding, XML and
> It might allow for easy exchange of configurations within a user community.
That sounds like completely changing the serialization format of the
configuration. I don't think my streams are going to help you much
there. A binary structured format and XML are completely different
things. You can implement both on top of my streams, sure, but beyond
that I think you're left with having to replace the entire serializer
component. That means switch or virtual functions. Virtuals would be a
better solution here, I think.
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