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Subject: Re: [boost] [boost::endian] Summary of discussion #1
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-06-04 06:50:10

Terry Golubiewski wrote:
> It's easy for me to suggest that someone else should change.
> But what would such a change look like.
> How about this... (I've ignored alignment)
> namespace boost { namespace interface {

boost::interface strikes me as a meaningless namespace.

> template<size_t Bits, endian_t Endian=native>
> class PackedInteger {
> public:
> typedef typename boost::int_t<Bits>::least value_type;
> static const endian_t endianness = Endian;
> PackedInteger(): { m_storage.fill('\0'); }
> explicit PackedInteger(value_type x) { store(x); }

Why explicit?

> operator value_type() const { return retrieve(); }
> PackedInteger& operator=(value_type x) { store(x); }
> // All the usual integer operations go here.
> }; // PackedInteger
> } } // boost::interface

I don't understand the point of "packed" in the name. I'd have expected boost::endian to be what Beman has now minus arithmetic operators and then boost::endian_integer to be derived from boost::endian with the arithmetic operators. That seems simple and obvious. Have I missed something?

Rob Stewart robert.stewart_at_[hidden]
Software Engineer, Core Software using std::disclaimer;
Susquehanna International Group, LLP

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