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Subject: Re: [boost] AlRangeExandrescu?
From: Andrei Alexandrescu (andrei_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-07-24 19:50:34

Rogier van Dalen wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 13:48, David Abrahams<dave_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> Hi Neil,
>> I'm sure someone already spoke to you about this, but just in case: Andrei
>> Alexandrescu gave a very interesting presentation at BoostCon that was based
>> on a "ranges only" approach that should eliminate issues like this one:
> That looks very interesting. Is there any documentation on this out
> there? I found the slides:
> and documentation for a D implementation:
> I'm wondering why "popFront()" is mutable and edits the range rather
> than return a range without the first element. The latter might allow
> compile-time heterogeneous sequences (like boost::fusion::vector) to
> conform to this range concept as well. I just realised you could then
> write a foreach function that works on both homogeneous and
> heterogeneous sequences basically like:
> template <class Range, class Function>
> void foreach (Range range, Function function)
> {
> if (!range.empty())
> {
> function (range.front());
> foreach (range.popFront(), function);
> }
> }
> Is popFront() mutable just for efficiency? Or is there something else
> I'm missing?

It's only efficiency. I was very attracted to popFront returning the new
range (100% functional interface!) but I gave up for efficiency reasons.
I didn't want iteration with ranges to be cool and iteration with other
means to be efficient.


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