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Subject: Re: [boost] Formal Review Request: Boost.String.Convert
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-02-18 13:21:25

On Wednesday, February 18, 2009 1:15 PM
Steven Watanabe wrote:
> Stewart, Robert wrote:
> > On Wednesday, February 18, 2009 12:46 PM
> > Emil Dotchevski wrote:
> >>
> >> Many times I've needed to_string without needing from_string. In my
> >> book, this is a strong indication that they shouldn't be coupled.
> >
> > Your argument isn't compelling. Consider an arbitrary
> precision integer type. If many times one need only add such
> values, without also needing subtraction, should those
> operations be separated one from the other?
> It isn't necessary to separate them, but it is not
> unreasonable to do so
> either.

I won't argue that point, but it only applies if there are two such sets of functions. If there isn't "from_string" and "to_string," but only, for example, "convert," then there's no point in separate headers. It's a question of whether "string" should be at the center of the conversions as it is with "from_string" and "to_string."

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

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