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Subject: Re: [boost] [cpo-proposal] presentation of the idea
From: Thorsten Ottosen (thorsten.ottosen_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-08-20 08:44:01

On 20-08-2013 14:11, Larry Evans wrote:
> On 08/20/13 06:55, Larry Evans wrote:
>> On 08/20/13 04:23, Thorsten Ottosen wrote:
>>> On 20-08-2013 11:04, Rob Stewart wrote:
>>>> On Aug 19, 2013, at 9:44 AM, Thorsten Ottosen
>>>> <thorsten.ottosen_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>>>>> Yes, at this level it is nice to take advantage of the memcopying
>>>>> built into vector<char>.
>>>> Here's the problem. Replicating the bits of and object isn't the same
>>>> as copying it. Many classes store a this pointer or rely on a data
>>>> member address as a unique key, etc. Copy constructors must run.
>> Good catch. Thanks Rob.
> However, this is a specific case of a more general problem.
> Suppose the polymorphic_object at container[i+j] contains a
> pointer of the polymorphic_obect at container[i]. Then
> after resizing, the pointer will become invalid. The
> specific case Rob mentions is when j=0.
> Maybe the class should just warn the user not to do this
> or suggest a workaround, maybe instead of storing a pointer,
> just store the index into the container?

Pointer stability is an /inherent/ "problem" compared to using e.g.
ptr_vector<T>. I see no other solution than warning the user about
pointer invalidation, and advice the user to fill the container before
storing any pointers in other places, or as you say, to use indexes.

Since we need a base class, then maybe somthing like this is a starting

class polymorphic_object
     virtual ~polymorphic_object() {}

     polymorphic_object( const polymorphic_object& );
     polymorphic_object& operator=( const polymorphic_object& );

     static void copy( const polymorphic_object& this_, char* to )
         // preconditions
         this_.do_copy( to );
         // postconditions

     static void move( polymorphic_object& this_, char* to )
         // preconditions
         this_.do_move( to );
         // postconditions

     virtual polymorphic_object* do_copy( char* to ) const = 0;
     virtual polymorphic_object* do_move( char* to ) = 0;



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