Subject: Re: [boost] Interest in boost.deepcopy [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
From: Levy, Gabriel (Contractor) (Gabriel.Levy_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-10-24 22:37:03
>From what I'm reading in your message it does sound cleverer than just
going through copy-constructors.
Especially if it's capable of handling STL/Boost containers including
container of pointers - that would seem to be a great help in keeping
the user code simpler.
While the elegance of the usage may be obvious, the question may arise
as to the performance of it. So as long as it is implemented in a
performance aware way (i.e. for the best performance possible), I'd have
no problems seeing some/many overall benefits.
However, it would then be HIGHLY desirable to support generic allocators
with allocators' type-defined pointer types. Following this would make
it "boost::interprocess" compatible.
That requirement would be very high on my list.
Thank you and looking forward to something like this.
Senior Software Engineer, HiQ Systems Pty Ltd WSD, 201L, Edinburgh, SA
> -----Original Message-----
> From: boost-bounces_at_[hidden]
> On Behalf Of Allan Johns
> Sent: Tuesday, 25 October 2011 12:53 PM
> To: boost_at_[hidden]
> Subject: Re: [boost] Interest in boost.deepcopy
> Consider an object hierarchy in which there may be multiple references
> to shared objects. A deep copy should give an identical, but entirely
> separate copy of the entire structure.
> Also consider eg std::map<std::string,T*>... the std::map copy
> constructor is not going to create new instances of T in the copy -
> this is a shallow copy.
> You could argue that I should write a custom smart pointer to perform
> a deep copy in its copy constructor, but for multiple reasons I'd
> quite like to not have to do this, and to use boost::shared_ptr as
> On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 1:13 PM, Steven Watanabe
> > AMDG
> > On 10/24/2011 05:16 PM, Allan Johns wrote:
> > > Just gauging initial interest in a boost.deepcopy library,
> > > analogous
> > > deepcopy in python. Each type would register deepcopy behaviour
> > > with
> > > library (there are similarities to boost.serialize).
> > > Boost.deepcopy would supply out-of-the-box registration for pod
> > > types, pointer types, arrays, stl containers and common boost
> > Example:
> > >
> > I'm not sure why I would want to use something like this. Normally,
> > in C++, the copy constructor is expected to do a deep copy, when it
> > exists.
> > In Christ,
> > Steven Watanabe
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