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Subject: Re: [boost] [gsoc] Pointer Plus Bits Behavior and Interface
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-07-15 12:05:23

Joaquin M Lopez Munoz wrote:
> Brian Bartman <bbartmanboost <at>> writes:
> > 1) Should the pointer_plus_bits have a pre and post
> > increment and decrement
> > ( what about supporting other arithmetic operations such as
> > add, minus, add assign etc...) ?
> I'd say this is gratuituous complication: just design a lean
> interface providing get_pointer, set_pointer, get_bit, set_bit
> (or similar names) so that you don't have to replicate pointer
> semantics.

I was going to disagree, but I think that Stefan has the right answer: views. There are two interfaces to support in this class: the pointer and the extra bits. Trying to mix the two will complicate the interface and likely cause ambiguities and unwanted interactions.

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

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