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Subject: Re: [boost] expected/result/etc
From: Peter Dimov (lists_at_[hidden])
Date: 2016-02-11 19:02:45

Gavin Lambert wrote:
> The only reason that shared_ptr::operator* does not throw is that the
> class author decided that this is likely a hot path and the calling code
> has *probably* already checked for null, so it is more *efficient* to omit
> the check entirely (and cause undefined behavior if called in violation of
> that assumption).

That's not true. The class author decided that calling operator* on a NULL
pointer is a logic error and therefore a correct program should never do so.
This doesn't have anything to do with performance; it's a question of

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