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Subject: Re: [boost] Survey: What should an immutable byte sequence data structure be named?
From: David Bergman (David.Bergman_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-01-28 16:23:09

But is not a buffer (with its implicit assumption of being a "bunch of bytes"), since - according to DMB - it is an immutable finite sequence of "anything", i.e., the concept behind std::vector, albeit immutable, so immutable_vector.

We should definitely separate these two concerns quite clearly and explain *exactly* what the purpose of that immutable finite sequence type is; is it intended *only* for use from text-handling "higher-level" notions? If so, why? And, where did that "sequence of *anything*" come from then?

So: boost::immutable_vector (or boost::immutable_array, which fits better w.r.t. part of the immutability - no change of length - but fits poorly on the quite engrained tacit assumptions about an array's runtime characteristics.)


On Jan 28, 2011, at 4:14 PM, Andrew Sutton wrote:

> I agree with Dave. Buffer.
> Python uses "frozen" to describe the same (similar?) property for sets.
> On Jan 28, 2011 3:10 PM, "Dave Abrahams" <dave_at_[hidden]> wrote:
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