Subject: Re: [boost] [lexical_cast] A suggestion
From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-02-08 17:44:09
on Sun Feb 08 2009, Gennaro Prota <gennaro.prota-AT-yahoo.com> wrote:
> David Abrahams wrote:
>> on Mon Feb 02 2009, Alexander Nasonov <alnsn-AT-yandex.ru> wrote:
>>> Vladimir Batov <batov <at> people.net.au> writes:
>>>> With no volunteeres coming forward , I am considering extending the lexical_cast
>>>> interface as described below. Is there any chance of that change integrated?
>>> I'm againt this change. See my other messages in this thread for details.
>> I am too. Vladimir, I believe the functionality you want is badly
>> needed, but it shouldn't be part of lexical_cast. lexical_cast is
>> conceptually simple and should remain that way.
> lexical_cast was at best an experiment. In some limited contexts
> a generic from_string and a generic to_string might make sense.
> But a generic from/to anything, using a string as intermediate
> representation, is something done just because it can be done,
> not because it is useful or meaningfully specified.
Yes, that's what I've been saying. I don't particularly like the idea
of lexical_cast, and trying to stretch it to cover cases it wasn't
designed for will just put more important functionality in that bucket.
> I quacke at the idea that it is being used in a mission-critical
IMO that's an overreaction, but anyway...
>> The proper interface for the functionality you seek should be
>> considered without reference to lexical_cast.
>> In fact, if we put together all the badly needed functionality
>> that overlaps with lexical_cast, and give it appropriate
>> interfaces, I'm not entirely convinced that there would be
>> much use for lexical_cast anymore.
> There isn't really much use anyway. It gives no control over the
> format or, for that matters, over anything.
...I think you're just making my point for me.
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