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Subject: Re: [boost] [boost::endian] Summary of discussion #1
From: Tomas Puverle (tomas.puverle_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-06-02 15:01:14

> More subjectively, I prefer Rob's suggested endian_cast to swap. I
> don't associate this operation with swapping, and indeed in some cases
> there is no swapping involved.

Thanks John.

I am not married to the names in the current version of the code.

I liked the earlier suggestion to rename "swap_in_place" to "swap" and the
current "swap" to "swap_copy".

But I am not totally opposed to endian::cast<> either. Names are a very
subjective thing and I think it will become clearer which ones are preferable as
I/others write/use the library. I will also be the first to admit that even
though I try and come up with descriptive names, they are usually far from
perfect, so this feedback is useful.

Actually, now that I think about it, the cast<> notation may allow me to unify
the swap/to/from functions into a single form:

endian::cast<big_to_host>() //explicit direction
endian::cast<from_litle>() //"to_host" is implicit
endian::cast<to_big>() //"from_host" is implicit

I actually really like that. What do you think?


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