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Subject: Re: [boost] [boost::endian] Summary of discussion #1
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-06-14 07:47:22

Terry Golubiewski wrote:
> Rob Stewart wrote:
> > I suggested compressed_endian_integer. See my reply in
> > that other part of the thread for subsequent discussion
> > of such names.
> I think the "endian" parameter is of secondary importance and
> should be removed from the name: compressed_integer,
> packed_int, etc. The type should still have an endianness
> template paramenter, but it should default to "native".

If the type is in a namespace that indicates the handling of endianness, I'd agree. Otherwise, I think "endian" necessary in the name. If it is hoisted into the boost namespace, for example, "compressed_integer" is less useful.

> typedef packed_int<3, signed, native> int24_t;
> typedef packed_int<3, unsigned, native> uint24_t;

Using "int" in the name is short, but misleading. The underlying type may be char, short, int, long, etc., I imagine. At the least, "int" should be spelled "integer."

I still don't like "packed" for reasons I've outlined elsewhere. Vicente disliked my "reduced" suggestion (and I now recognize the mathematical connotation that might be problematic in it), so I'm not sure what else to use yet. I think in another chain of replies there was progress in another direction, so I won't pursue names further here (especially as this reply is being sent so much later than originally intended!).

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

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