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Subject: Re: [boost] [endian] endian flip and endian domain
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-06-09 06:46:03

Gottlob Frege wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 1:05 PM, Dave Handley
> <Dave.Handley_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> I'll admit to having a habit of over-thinking on names. But they are
> important.


> - "cast" if the syntax matches.
> - "convert" otherwise

That's a reasonable taxonomy and one that can be explained readily. "cast" should be named "endian_cast" based upon earlier discussion, even if it lives in a boost::endian namespace. The word "endian" need not be added to "convert" as it is obviated by template argument(s) and the namespace name.

> "convert", to me, matches most closely with what you express - ie,
> "What term does everyone use..." Yes, 'swap' might be the first term,
> but I think, by re-reading the emails, that "convert" comes in second,
> clearly ahead of the rest. That's actually why I suggested it - it
> was the term everyone was using. And without the problems swap has.

I adopted "convert" specifically because I tried to stop using "swap," so yes, it is a suitable word for the purpose and a reasonable second choice.

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

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