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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-07-17 17:30:27

Robert Ramey wrote:
> vicente.botet wrote:
>>>> However,
>>>> I would probably consider this a user error in that it violates
>>>> the intention of name spaces to avoid just this problem.
>> Hi,
>> Is there a way the user can write their code to avoid this possible
>> ambiguity?
>> Is there a way the developper can add a new interface avoiding this
>> possible ambiguity on the user code?
>> How the C++ standard library does to avoid this kind of ambiguity in
>> user code?
> This is easy, just don't put any of your own stuff into the the namespace
> that the library uses.
>> Does this banish the use of using in user code if he/she wants to
>> avoid incompatibilities with newer releases?
> If you never put any of your own stuff in to the boost:: or std::
> namespaces, you shouldn't have this problem.
> If you use "using <namespace>" you could still have aproblem
> if one of your names accidently matches something this the
> namespace being used. For this reason, I don't particularly
> like using "using <namespace>" myself but rather just
> spell out the whole thing like boost::filesystem:: ...

Yep, I think that is generally considered better programming practice.
If the length is bothersome, use a namespace alias:

   namespace fs = boost::filesystem;

and then fs:: ...


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