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Subject: Re: [boost] Abstract STL Container Adaptors
From: Thorsten Ottosen (thorsten.ottosen_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-03-18 08:29:31

On 14-03-2013 18:20, Andy Jost wrote:
> Hi Boosters,

> Here, abstract_set<Node const *> is implicitly convertible from any type having the interface of std::set<Node const *>. It internally holds a reference to some implementation of a suitable set-like object and mediates interactions with the outside world through virtual methods.
> It seems the implementation of this would be a straightforward application of type erasure. It seems too easy, in fact, which makes me wonder whether I'm missing something.
> In any case, is this a good idea?

It could be. Its no different than using boost::function<>, that is, it
allow us to make a generic interface with decisions deferred till
run-time (at the expense of a performance loss).

I guess it could be faked in various ways, eg., the argument could be
boost::any which is then documented to be one of several set types.


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