Subject: Re: [boost] [rational] with optional over/underflow checking
From: Paul A. Bristow (pbristow_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-07-31 10:14:07
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> Subject: [boost] [rational] with optional over/underflow checking
> Would there be any interest in a modified "rational" class template/header that optionally allows
> exception be generated if there is under/overflow during any of the operations? I have been
> such a template, where the new defaulted bool template parameter would generate the class exactly
> before to preserve the original stable implementation, and to support unlimited-precision integer
> over/underflow would not be possible.
> Setting the new template parameter to true, however would generate code that adds the
This must be useful, but must mesh with Multiprecision (provided Multiprecision is accepted).
I'm sure John Maddock will have some views on this (if he isn't already plotting something ;-).
> I have also generated new test driver code (BTW test code referenced by the documentation does not
> appear to exist, or at least the link is broken).
is being run by the testers.
You might like to attach your new test code?
> rational.hpp has been around and stable for quite some time, so there may be a desire to keep it
> unchanged, but its original function (and indeed its original source code) can be maintained
> template system.
Stability is useful, but like all software it needs maintenance, and this is yet another example of
original authors now not being traceable. Several libraries need a new maintainer but currently we
are dithering about the best process for this.
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