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Subject: Re: [boost] Interest in a simple buffer abstraction?
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-01-27 14:44:59

Boris Kolpackov wrote:
> "Stewart, Robert" <Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden]> writes:
> > The idea has merit, but I wonder if an adaptor approach
> > would be better.
> This way I would have to write:
> class packet
> {
> packet (void* data, size_t size)
> : data_ (data_storage_, data, size)
> {
> }
> std::vector data_storage_;

std::vector<char>, I presume.

> boost::buffer data_;

Why would you have both?

> };

You either have this:

packet::packet(void const * _data, size_t _size)
   : data_storage_(static_cast<char const *>(_data),
        static_cast<char const *>(_data) + _size)

which means that the data is copied into data_storage_, or you have this:

packet::packet(boost::buffer & _buffer)
   : data_(_buffer)

which requires that some other code create a std::vector<char> or other container for the packet to use. This, like any type erasing mechanism, isolates packet from the actual storage type. The client can create a std::vector<char>, allocate an array of char on the stack, etc., and packet will work with them all.

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

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