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Subject: Re: [boost] [qvm] Terseness of syntax etc.
From: Agustín K-ballo Bergé (kaballo86_at_[hidden])
Date: 2015-12-09 07:43:36

On 12/8/2015 1:25 PM, Phil Endecott wrote:
> Adam Wulkiewicz wrote:
>> The formal review of Emil Dotchevski's QVM library begins today on 7th
>> Dec and ends on 16th Dec.
>> Full documentation is also viewable on Github:
> I find most of the identifiers too short. To give just a couple
> of examples: "transp" is used to mean "transpose". You save
> typing three letters, and get confusion with transparent,
> transport, etc. Then look at the names of some traits classes;
> elsewhere we have type_traits, allocator_traits, iterator_traits
> etc. all spelt out in full, but in qvm we have q_traits, v_traits
> and m_traits. I could go on but really almost every identifier
> is too short for my tastes.

I used an earlier version of the library several years ago, back when it
was called "Boost.LA", and I found extremely short identifiers to be a
concern too. I could understand going for `mat` and `vec` instead of
`matrix` and `vector`, but not just `m` and `v`. For pretty much every
other identifier, I would like to see a full blown word instead.

> I'm really not a fan of the old operator% and now operator, syntax.
> To me, (v,XY) looks like you're forming a row-vector with two elements.
> Is there a reason why these accessors can't be written with function
> syntax, i.e. XY(v) ? Or, for matrices, something like element<4,2>(m)
> rather than (m,A<4,2>) ?

The precedence issues are so bad with `operator,` that one has to pretty
much always wrap it in parens, that makes all precedence issues go away.
I think for that reason it's a better choice than `operator%`, that
mostly just works and bit me over and over again. There are reasons
against it too, for instance a missing include, a typo, a shadowing
variable will turn a swizzling expression into a regular comma expression.

That said, if I have to write `(v,XY)` instead of `v.XY` I'd rather
write `XY(v)` instead.

> I'll be interested to see what others think about these and other
> aspects of the proposal.


Agustín K-ballo Bergé.-

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