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Subject: Re: [boost] [smart ptr] Any interest in copy-on-write pointer for C++11?
From: Ralph Tandetzky (ralph.tandetzky_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-02-09 11:48:50

On 02/09/2013 04:39 PM, Alexander Lamaison wrote:
> Daniel James <dnljms_at_[hidden]> writes:
>> On 9 February 2013 14:40, Alexander Lamaison <awl03_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>>> Ralph Tandetzky <ralph.tandetzky_at_[hidden]> writes:
>>>> On 02/09/2013 07:13 AM, Mathias Gaunard wrote:
>>>> I would really like to get feedback on the design of cow_ptr<T>
>>>> <> rather than
>>>> discussing, if copy-on-write is a useful pattern in general.
>>> No doubt. As an author that's only natural. But this debate, about
>>> whether the library even needs to exist, is a necessary and vital part
>>> of the process, and keeps Boost the quality that it is.
>>> Don't take the scepticism personally. It's just the way peer review
>>> works.
>> Saying that COW is *never* needed is not scepticism, it's dogma.
> Maybe so, but the to-and-fro it causes is precisely what illuminates the
> issues involved for the rest of us. It doesn't really matter whether
> someone is being dogmatic or just playing devils advocate.
> Alex
@Daniel Thank you for your understanding.

@Alex You're right. I was just a bit annoyed. Sorry. As you put it, it
really makes sense, Alex. Someone has to have a go at it in order to
prove something to be right. It's not just about design, but also about
the usefulness of this class in implementing copy-on-write. I only hope,
that some people will agree with me, that is a helpful tool.

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