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Subject: Re: [boost] Formal Review Request: TypeErasure
From: Dave Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-06-04 13:59:02

on Mon Jun 04 2012, "Simonson, Lucanus J" <> wrote:

> Dave Abrahams wrote:
>>> No opinion on that, but I've got another suggestion: Boost.Interface.
>>> The name comes back from an abandoned lib proposal by Jonathan Turkanis:
>>> which revolves around duck typing (though with a different approach
>>> than Steve's lib.) "Interface" is (surprisingly) a not much overloaded
>>> word in C++.
>>It's also a well-understood word in the OO community, meaning roughly the right thing.
>>I guess one question is whether we'd want to sully the whole
>> "concept-based polymorphism" flavor with OO terminology ;-)
> So is that a +0.5?


> I like the name because it is sufficiently general to capture the
> scope of the library. This name should help answer the " what this
> library is for, what is the motivation?" question Neil raised. It is
> a library for defining interfaces. Generic interfaces kind of goes
> without saying since it is a boost library.

Well, yeah, but it's specifically about ad-hoc runtime polymorphism
(mouthful) which is different from "Generic interface" (could mean
static polymorphism with concepts).

> I wouldn't tend to jump to the OO-specific definition of Interface
> when I see it as the name of a boost library, since it is one of the
> most general programming terms. Boost.Algorithm, Boost.Interface,
> Boost.Parameter. It seems to fit right in there.


Point taken

Dave Abrahams
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