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Subject: Re: [boost] sqlpp11, 3rd iteration
From: Roland Bock (rbock_at_[hidden])
Date: 2014-08-20 02:58:38

On 2014-08-20 08:30, Michael Shepanski wrote:
> On 20/08/2014 9:54 AM, Gavin Lambert wrote:
>> If you made your type implicitly convertible to optional and back,
>> that ought to make everybody happy. :) (Well, except maybe the folks
>> who hate implicit conversions, but they're never happy.)
> I love implicit conversions. I love implicitly converting const char*
> to std::string. I love implicitly converting std::string to
> boost::optional<std::string>. So imagine my heartache when they told
> me I couldn't implicitly convert const char* to
> boost::optional<string>. What, you mean I can't really use const char
> * /wherever/ I can use std::string?
Well, no, you can't, and I think that's good since multi-level implicit
conversion could get very confusing and quite ambiguous: If there were
several conversion paths, which one should the compiler choose? Adding
an additional include file could then change the choice...
> I feel that I'm in for more tears if we have an implicit conversion
> from boost::optional to something else.
Nah, at least not in the cases I have in mind. Another overload or
partial specialization will do just fine.



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