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Subject: Re: [boost] Assign V2 - first impression
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-06-24 14:55:29

er wrote:
> On 6/24/11 2:17 PM, Stewart, Robert wrote:
> > er wrote:
> >> Map 1, 10, 100, and 1000 by function f,
> >> which yields f( 1 ), f( 10 ), f( 100 ), f( 1000 )
> >> and insert each, n times, using push_front, in cont.
> > IOW, something more like the following would suit me better:
> >
> > Insert elements in cont, using push_front(), where the
> > values are generated by calling f() n times with 1, 10,
> > 100, and 1000, in turn.
> Thanks for trying to get to the bottom of it. I agree that the
> wording in English might call for Insert in the beginning. But
> the actual sequence of events is like this:

The English description, as I understood what you were proposing, is an introduction to the example code. It should be about the desired outcome, not the sequence of actions or its efficiency. It is something of a motivating statement.

> Each of x = 1, ..., 1000 is forwarded to a data-generator, f.
> The result of f( x ), which I call y, is forwarded to a
> modifier which, here, executes:
> repeat n times { cont.push_front( y ); }

That's reasonable to describe what the example code actually does, but it shouldn't be the example's introduction.

> The sequence matters, because f( x ) is computed only once,
> which is the most efficient way.

That's good to point out, but not in the example's introduction.

> I use the words data-generator & modifier to be consistent with
> the naming conventions of the library. To be clear, the data-
> generator's job is to map arguments to a suitable data-element.
> The modifier's job is to insert that element (n times, in this
> case).

That's good, but only to describe the example code, not to introduce it.

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

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