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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 12:08:18

Brian Bartman wrote:
> Would it be better to make the pointer_plus_bits convertible
> to a boolean
> based on the value of the pointer being stored? This would
> allow it to be
> more like to a pointer being that you could, as many people do, put it
> inside of an if statement to check to see if its null.

No. One could argue that the bits should be evaluated to produce the Boolean result as easily as evaluating the pointer. There are two aspects in pointer_plus_bits and they shouldn't be obscured or conflated.

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

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