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Subject: Re: [boost] [optional] std::tr2::optional
From: Andrzej Krzemienski (akrzemi1_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-11-21 12:24:49

> > Interesting. It looks like optional can be seen as a special container
> > the maximum size of 1, and then functions like clear() or empty() come
> > natural. On the other hand it can be seen as a pointer-like entity with
> > value semantics, and then functions like reset() and literal nullptr
> > as natural.
> Ok, I have no strong preference between reset() or clear() for making the
> optional empty. However, a explicit empty() member would be useful

> class MyClass
> {
> optional< int > m_x;

> public:
> bool has_x() const { return !m_x.empty(); }
> };

> With the current interface I should have written has_x() in a more
> way, like !!m_x or m_x.get_ptr() != NULL.
> > I withdraw my suggestion to use nullptr. Function reset() would be a
> > choice. I also find reset() preferable to clear() because reset can be
> > extended to accept parameters and the name does not become confusing;
> > similarly to unique_ptr::reset().

> I think, providing the reset() member with construction semantic is not a
> idea because it would make imposible in-place default construction. There
> should be another method that would handle construction. In another post
> suggested assign() but I'm happy if someone comes up with a better name.

I managed to come up with the following interface for initializing and
My goal was also to not introduce in-place factories.

template< typename... Args >
  optional( tr2::in_place_t, Args &&... args )
  noexcept( noexcept(T{std::forward<Args>(args)...}) )

the first parameter is a /tag/, much like std::piecewise_construct for
pairs. We use it like this:

tr2::optional<W> { tr2::in_place, i, str, 1, &g };

The tag indicates that we request an 'in place' initialization of W with
remaining arguments.Next functions are more natural:

template< typename... Args >
  void initialize( Args &&... args )
  noexcept( noexcept(T{std::forward<Args>(args)...}) )
  // for deferred initialization.

void uninitialize() noexcept // so that it spells similar to 'initialize'
bool is_initialized() const noexcept // as in boost


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