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Subject: Re: [boost] [range] Proposal: addition of front(), back(), at(), operator[]
From: Valentin Ziegler (vziegler_at_[hidden])
Date: 2014-03-24 05:14:30

Hi Adam,

> 1. front()
> returning the reference to the first element precondition (assert): !empty(rng)

> return *begin(rng);

> 2. back()
> returning the reference to the last element precondition (assert): !empty(rng)

> For BidirectionalRange
> return *(--end(rng));

In 99% of all cases above implementations will work just fine. However, there may be rare cases where the lifetime of the reference is bound to the lifetime of the iterator:

[iterator.requirements.general] 9. Destruction of an iterator may invalidate pointers and references previously obtained from that iterator.


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