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Subject: Re: [boost] [MultiIndex] [metagraph] iterator_to / parent_from_member
From: Gordon Woodhull (gordon_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-11-29 12:38:30

Hi Joaquin,

On Nov 27, 2008, at 9:34 AM, joaquin_at_[hidden] wrote:
> Gordon Woodhull escribió:
>>>> There is some scary code in parent_from_member but AFAIK it
>>>> works everywhere.
> Not everywhere, I'm afraid:

A-ha, I see. Bummer. I might have to debug it on a couple of
platforms to use it for my purposes then.

Metagraph can be thought of as a multicontainer extension to
MultiIndex, or as a heterogeneous extension to Graph. I am using
Fusion to compose objects out of their data and Intrusive hooks, so I
need a fusion::container_from_element.

I am trying to think whether I could adapt Fusion to use the very nice
multi_index::detail::pod_value_holder approach, but I don't see it
because Fusion uses containment (member variables) rather than
inheritance for composition. I assume that's more efficient at
compile time (?)

> There are definitely some seriously non-standard tricks there that
> should IMHO
> discourage us from using parent_from_member unrestrictedly, useful
> as this utility
> may be.

I am not as scared by the tricks (they are nicely contained) as by the
violation of abstraction. OTOH it's interesting to note that only the
class or a friend can grant permission to do parent_from_member for a
private member, because access is checked when the member address is

I believe iterator_to functionality does justify the danger of
parent_from_member, when properly guarded.

Thanks for the heads-up and the link,

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