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Subject: Re: [boost] [boost::endian] Summary of discussion #1
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-06-04 06:54:13

vicente.botet wrote:
> Terry Golubiewski wrote:
> > template<size_t Bits, endian_t Endian=native>
> > class PackedInteger {
> <snip>
> template <BOOST_SCOPED_ENUM(endianness) E, typename T,
> std::size_t n_bits,
> BOOST_SCOPED_ENUM(alignment) A = alignment::unaligned>
> class endian_pack;
> The single difference between endian_pack and the original
> endian is that it don't inherits from cover_operators.

That should be the primary interface because it doesn't encourage using inefficient arithmetic operators, so that should be named boost::endian.

> > template<endian_t E1, size_t Bits, endian_t E2>
> > class endian<E1, PackedInteger<Bits, E2>> {
> The original endian class could be declared as
> template <BOOST_SCOPED_ENUM(endianness) E, typename T,
> std::size_t n_bits,
> BOOST_SCOPED_ENUM(alignment) A = alignment::unaligned>
> class endian;
> template <typename T, std::size_t n_bits>
> class endian< endianness::big, T, n_bits, alignment::unaligned >
> : cover_operators< endian< endianness::big, T, n_bits >, T >
> {

The class with operators should be named in such a way to indicate that it manages endianness and provides the arithmetic operators, so I suggest boost::endian_integer.

Given those names, why wouldn't endian_integer inherit from endian?

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

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