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Subject: Re: [boost] [review][constrained_value] Review of ConstrainedValueLibrary begins today
From: Robert Kawulak (robert.kawulak_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-12-08 11:35:48

> From: Stjepan Rajko

> I am inclined to think that the implementation you have now (minus the
> asserts and the nomenclature) covers all of the uses fairly well.
> Existence of in-between use cases (conditionally monitored values,
> e.g., log whenever the temperature is over 35 degrees Celsius) leads
> me to believe that neither of {monitored value, conditional value}
> should be implemented in terms of the other. I think they should be
> implemented under a common abstraction, and I think your
> implementation implements that abstraction (again, minus the asserts
> and the nomenclature).

I think the current implementation is not the most suitable one for monitored
values. The asignment operator is:

        if( constraint()(v) )
                _value() = v;
                error_handler()(_value(), v, _constraint());

So calling the monitor (error_handler) excludes assignment of the value, unless
the monitor performs the assignment by itself. This is a bit clumsy -- e.g.,
having the case with logging the temperature if it exceeds a treshold, monitor
would not only have to log, but also to assign the value.

I see implementation of monitored values' assignment a bit different:

        if( _monitor(_value, new_value) ) // monitor decides whether the value
should be assigned
                _value = new_value; // but does not perform the assignment by

Then, conditionally-monitored values extend this by defining the following
monitor callback:

        if( _condition(new_value) ) // no need to invoke the monitor
                return true;
        else // invoke the monitor
                return _monitor(old_value, new_value, _condition);

And finally, constrained value would be a conditionally-monitored value, where
the condition is the constraint and the inner monitor callback is the error

> For now, I would be plenty happy if you just took out the asserts, or
> made them optional (with defaulting to asserts, if you wish). That
> way I can at least start experimenting with your library in a
> monitored_value context, and let you know how it goes (I have use
> cases for this).

By saying about making the invariant asserts optional you mean something like
wrapping them in a conditional compilation macro (like

I still can't convince myself to the idea of separating invariant from the test.
IMO guarantee of the invariant is a strong point of the library. Giving up the
guarantee not only may make the library more complicated for the users, but it
may also lower the value of the library as a debugging device (since there will
be less checks for coherence of the given set of policies, more opportunities to
make a bug).

Best regards,

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