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Subject: Re: [boost] [Memory Managed Pointer] Review Request
From: Matthew Chambers (matt.chambers42_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-04-26 18:34:34

On 4/26/2011 5:00 PM, Phil Bouchard wrote:
> On 4/26/2011 12:57 AM, Phil Bouchard wrote:
>> Thanks for the suggestions everybody but I'm now considering:
>> mutual_ptr, which tells what it's made for. The "set" qualifier should
>> be hidden from the user because it'll make the code cleaner.
> mutual_ptr or:
> common_ptr
> public_ptr
> joint_ptr
> allot_ptr
> I personally prefer the latter so if there's no objection then I'll go for it.
> -Phil

None of those seem like very good options: mutual is a synonym for shared.

Even shared_ptr's name does not say what its sharing mechanism is (apparently ref_counted_ptr wasn't
popular!), so trying to inject those semantics into a short name is probably asking too much of the
name. Algorithms are often qualified by their creators' names: have you considered naming the ptr
after the creator of its sharing mechanism? Conceptually, shared_ptr could have had sharing
semantics injected by a template parameter (like the RNG concept has semantics injected by
algorithms named like mt19937), but obviously it's too late for that.

Have you ever met Edward Diener? The reaction of naming affinity vs. naming apathy could power a
small country. ;)


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