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Subject: Re: [boost] boost policy against inline friend functions?
From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-10-26 18:13:18

On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 5:58 PM, Stefan Strasser <strasser_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> Am Monday 26 October 2009 20:50:45 schrieb Philippe Vaucher:
>> >Apparently some compilers don't support template friends.  There is the
>> >BOOST_NO_MEMBER_TEMPLATE_FRIENDS config macro to detect this though.
>> There's also a comment below the public comparison functions:
>> // Tasteless as this may seem, making all members public allows member
>> templates
>> // to work in the absence of member template friends. (Matthew Langston)
> thanks, I missed that.
> I checked the conditions for NO_MEMBER_TEMPLATE_FRIENDS and all current
> compilers seem to support it. so I guess there is no reason not to use member
> template friends in new (proposed) boost libraries, unless you intend to make
> it uber-portable.

I remember that particular comment; it was quite a few years ago, and
applied to compilers that have mercifully died and hopefully been
buried. VC++ 6, for example.


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