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Subject: Re: [boost] [TypeErasure] references
From: Steven Watanabe (watanabesj_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-07-26 16:44:24


On 07/26/2012 10:31 AM, Chapman, Alec wrote:
> Hi Steven,
> I have a somewhat-generic type erasure class that I would like to switch to yours. The main difficulty I can see is in the way capturing by reference is handled. The approach I take in my class is to pass a boost::reference_wrapper to the constructor:
> <snip>

The problem is that there are significant
differences between references and
values. This is okay for Boost.Function,
because Boost.Function doesn't expose
ant mutating operations. However, in
the more general case this behavior is
too error prone. Just think about what
would happen if we allowed using boost::ref
for any_iterator. Some Algorithms assume
that they can make copies of iterators
and that these iterators are independent
of each other.

In Christ,
Steven Watanabe

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