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Subject: Re: [boost] [assert] static_assert envy
From: Robert Kawulak (robert.kawulak_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-01-18 19:07:51

> From: Patrick Horgan
> > You could equally well ask what is the real utility of having
> > C++-style casts over the C-style one. ;-)
> It's a bad analogy. The BOOST_FAIL_MSG and it's ilk just overlays
> another level of indirection. It adds more complexity. C++ style casts
> reduce complexity.

I can't agree. The macros reduce complexity by simplifying the boolean expressions and by being more descriptive, thus better
expressing the author's intention.

And one could argue that C++ casts may add complexity as well, e.g. when you have

        const_cast<derived*>(dynamic_cast<const derived*>(const_base_ptr))

instead of

        (derived *) const_base_ptr

Yet they are good, because, just like the macros, they tell more precisely what is done and will make it way harder to write
something different than you intended.


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