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From: Johan Torp (johan.torp_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-05-09 05:34:39

Terje Slettebø wrote:
> Regarding what you can and can't detect with traits: Things you can
> detect:
> - Static and non-static member functions, member constants, member types
> and
> member class templates.
> - Much of the operators.
> - All the stuff that Boost Type Traits gives you can be used.
> Things you can't detect (without specialising the traits for the types in
> question):
> - Constructors and destructors (they don't have a name, so can't be
> detected
> using traits detecting member functions)
> - Operators that has to be class members, such as assignment operator,
> member access operator, subscript operator and function call operator. It
> seems like a rather arbitrary restriction to me that these have to be
> member
> functions, and it greatly reduces the ability to perform concept checks
> where they are involved.
> - Since name lookup is performed before access check, you may get a
> compile-time error, rather than SFINAE, if a type has a required member,
> but
> where the member is inaccessible (private or protected).

Great post, exactly what I want to know - thanks.

Terje Slettebø wrote:
> Also, concept checking using enable_if is an all-or-nothing affair (either
> it matches or it doesn't), so if you want to implement concept overloading
> based on best match (for example with regard to the iterator concepts),
> you
> have to perform the ordering, yourself. There's an included example
> demonstrating this (in the original version of the library, this is
> located
> in libs/concept_traits/example/std_advance.cpp).

Well, you could implement "get_iterator_tag" using enable_if + your concept
traits and then use regular function overload dispatch. Since boost tags
inherit from each other according to their respective refinement, the
function overloading would select the most refined concept. This could be
implemented once and or all and supplied with the concept traits library.

template<class Iterator> void advance_impl(Iterator it, int n,
template<class Iterator> void advance_impl(Iterator it, int n,

template<class Iterator> void advance(Iterator it, int n) {
  advance_impl(it, n, get_iterator_tag(it));

Best Regards, Johan

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