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Subject: Re: [boost] Formal Review Request: Boost.Convert
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-02-27 13:52:46

On Friday, February 27, 2009 1:48 PM
Emil Dotchevski wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 5:30 AM, Stewart, Robert
> <Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> >
> > The framework uses IOStreams to do its work. I believe the
> > conversion functionality for the uuid type is captured via:
> >
> > namespace user
> > {
> > class uuid;
> >
> > template <class Stream>
> > Stream &
> > operator <<(Stream &, uuid const &);
> > }
> If operator<< was a reasonable to-string alternative, we wouldn't be
> needing a library for it.

That is the purpose of the insertion operator: it produces a character sequence from the right hand argument.

> It is relevant, of course, and the framework should be able to
> automatically bind suitable operator<< overloads if they exist. It
> should also provide a generic operator<< overload that calls convert,
> so all types that integrate in the convert framework are automatically
> compatible with streams.

The library's convert() should use a provided operator <<() when available and the library should provide an operator <<() that uses a provided convert() when available? How will that work?

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

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