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Subject: Re: [boost] [C++0x] Report from Frankfurt committee meeting
From: Jeffrey Bosboom (jbosboom_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-08-11 15:23:21

Robert Ramey wrote:
> Would it not be possible to produce something like a "C++ Lint" (missing
> clever name here). Which would be
> a) Written in portable C++
> b) Would permit "concept" syntax to be added in as a tagged comment like
> /* indiana concept syntax
> ...
> */
> which would produce concept errors.
> This would
> a) be a practical tool for working programmers
> b) would be useful regardless of the C++ compiler being used
> c) would be quicker and easier to make than a full compiler
> d) wouldn't have to be very fast as it would only be invoked "occasionally"
> e) would provide feedback to the C++ community regarding
> the utility and practicality of any concept proposal.

 From my limited understanding of the concepts proposals (I'm an
"average programmer"), there were some cases where overriding on
concepts should apply to allow for optimizations in some cases (e.g.,
random-access vs. bidirectional iterators). I don't think "C++ Lint"
would allow that.

It would still be useful in other cases, but I don't think it could
substitute for an in-compiler reference implementation.

--Jeffrey Bosboom

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