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Subject: Re: [boost] Units of data
From: Steven Watanabe (watanabesj_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-07-02 16:41:21


Zachary Turner wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 2, 2009 at 2:07 PM, Steven Watanabe<watanabesj_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> Zachary Turner wrote:
>>> Thanks for your help so far! I know I'm probably just making this too
>>> difficult, but it's still not working. I guess I should just post a
>>> complete sample so that we can eliminate the snip factor from the list
>>> of possible causes (I put them in the boost namespace for the sake of
>>> consistency but the same problem arises regardless).
>>> <snip>
>>> void foo()
>>> {
>>> using boost::units::quantity;
>>> using namespace boost::units::data_capacity;
>>> //Both of these fail with the message that there is no
>>> conversion to the destination
>>> //type because the construcor is explicit
>>> quantity<data_capacity> compressed_size = 1000 * bytes;
>>> quantity<data_capacity, int> compressed_size2 = 1000 * bytes;
>> Implicit conversion between different units is not allowed.
>> Try
>> quantity<data_capacity> compressed_size(1000 * bytes);
> Thanks. The confusion came from the fact that the syntax I was trying
> was being used in some of the examples. But there is something
> different about those examples, so that's why it wasn't working. One
> of the trig examples has a line:
> quantity<plane_angle> theta = 0.375*radians;
> for example. I suppose it's due to the fact that radians are the
> "primary" unit for this dimension?

The difference is that plane_angle is the same unit as radians.
In your case, data_capacity is defined as bits, while you are
assigning it a value in bytes. Since the units change, the conversion
is explicit.

> That aside, I still think something isn't exactly right. Ultimately I
> need to be able to print these quantities in different units (for
> example, if I'm transferring data at 100MB/s I don't want to print
> this in bits / second). All of these seems to only allow printing of
> a quantity in its base unit, which here is defined to be bits. I'd
> like to be able to do something like:
> quantity<capacity> q = 2180321.0 * bytes;
> std::cout << q * megabytes << std::endl;

The units of q are bits. Thus, the units of the expression that
you are printing are bits * megabytes which is printed as "b MB"

> It seems like this should "just work" since I've defined them all as
> scaled based units, but instead the first example just prints
> 1.74426e+007 b MB
> which means all its doing is formatting it as bits and then appending "MB"

In Christ,
Steven Watanabe

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