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Subject: Re: [boost] Formal Review Request: Boost.String.Convert
From: Andrey Semashev (andrey.semashev_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-02-18 18:04:11

Emil Dotchevski wrote:

>>> The disagreement seems to be about the relationship between such
>>> conversion library and to- and from- string conversions.
>>> IMO, from the viewpoint of convert(), to- and from- string conversions
>>> should be treated as independent interface, much like
>>> Boost.NumericConversion or Boost.Units, etc.
>> Why?
> For the same reason Boost.NumericConversion and Boost.Units are
> independent. You're not proposing to make Boost.NumericConversion and
> Boost.Units also parts of the convert() library, are you?

My current vision is that Boost.NumericConversion and Boost.Units will
provide a support layer for Boost.Convert (let's call it that way for
now). That support layer will be implemented as a regular extension for
the Boost.Convert library. So, the "convert" function will eventually
call numeric_cast or quantity_cast, or any other appropriate tool in
these libraries to fulfill the conversion.

> Why do you
> want to do this for the to- and from-string conversions?

There must be a misunderstanding between us. From my point of view, the
Boost.Convert implementation with regard to the "to/from-string"
conversions can rely directly on the streaming operators, that can be
provided by users. This mechanism is well-established already, so there
is no need in some intermediate layer, like to_string/from_string & co.

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