Subject: Re: [boost] Interest in boost.deepcopy [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
From: Levy, Gabriel (Contractor) (Gabriel.Levy_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-10-24 22:51:28
Definitely it sounds a very worthwhile addition to me.
Given that it does follow some proven patterns/concepts as in
boost::serialize (for instance), it should take away a lot of guesses
out of how it should/would work.
I'd love to see it added, pls...
Senior Software Engineer, HiQ Systems Pty Ltd WSD, 201L, Edinburgh, SA
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> From: boost-bounces_at_[hidden]
> On Behalf Of Allan Johns
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> Subject: Re: [boost] Interest in boost.deepcopy
> On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 1:29 PM, Julien Nitard
> > Hi,
> > > Consider an object hierarchy in which there may be multiple
> > > references
> > > 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
> > > copy.
> > >
> > If I understand properly, when you encounter a pointer you duplicate
> > the object pointed to. Is that right ?
> Often but not always. Sometimes a type will want specific behaviour,
> such as sharing an internal reference with the original object because
> there is some COW pattern implemented.
> > Does it work properly if (in your example
> > above) T is a polymorphic class ? If yes, how ?
> Yes, and in the same way boost.serialize works... each polymorphic
> class is registered beforehand.
> > Regards,
> > Julien
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