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Subject: Re: [boost] Formal Review Request: Boost.String.Convert
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-02-17 15:35:58

On Tuesday, February 17, 2009 3:25 PM
David Abrahams wrote:
> on Tue Feb 17 2009, Emil Dotchevski
> <> wrote:
> > For example, to_string<int>(s) could also be written as
> > convert<int>(s).
> Probably just a slip of the mind, but:
> to_string doesn't need a template parameter. Explicitly
> writing to_string<int>(s) is probably a bad idea and
> convert<int> would
> correspond to from_string<int>(s).
> However, maybe we ought to ask why this keeps happening. I think
> there's something about the convert<...>(...) interface that confuses
> people. Eliminating directionality might not be such a hot idea.

There have been too many names and variations of signature for anyone to keep anything straight at this point. convert() doesn't require specifying a template parameter. The source and destination types can be deduced from the arguments, though that means the selected parameter order will confuse one group or another.

Rob Stewart robert.stewart_at_[hidden]
Software Engineer, Core Software using std::disclaimer;
Susquehanna International Group, LLP

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