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Subject: Re: [boost] [msm] Review
From: Andreas Huber (ahd6974-spamboostorgtrap_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-12-04 07:53:41

> You have a good point there. Although I would rather have seen
> the MSM guys collaborate with the Statechart guys on making
> Statechart easier to use (especially the expression of the transition
> table) and/or more performant, though.

MSM and Statechart assumptions and resulting implementations are so
fundamentally different that merging the two libraries would IMO not be
feasible. The result would most likely not be a very coherent interface. In
other words, I don't think there can be a single best answer to "How do I
implement a state machine in C++?". The requirements are just too varied.
The main areas where I see conflict are:

1) Scalability: An MSM statemachine must be implemented in one TU, a
Statechart statemachine can be spread over multiple TUs
2) State-local storage: In Statechart, storage only exists while a state is
active. In MSM storage exists for the whole duration of the statemachine

So, even if Christophe had asked me whether I'd want to collaborate on
Statechart 2.0, I'd probably have declined.


Andreas Huber
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