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Subject: Re: [boost] expected/result/etc
From: Emil Dotchevski (emildotchevski_at_[hidden])
Date: 2016-02-12 16:28:06

On Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 2:22 AM, Niall Douglas <s_sourceforge_at_[hidden]>

> On 11 Feb 2016 at 18:00, Emil Dotchevski wrote:
> > That said, whether or not a function throws exceptions is a design
> > decision, nothing to do with run-time overhead. The reason, again, is
> that
> > any exception handling overhead of calling a function can be easily
> > eliminated, by inlining.
> If the compiler can see all possible throw sites, and it is not
> called MSVC, then yes.

If you inline a function, the compiler can see when it throws and when it
doesn't. Every compiler, even MSVC, will remove the exception handling
overhead, as long as you inline, though of course you will incur overhead
if an exception is actually thrown.

> I don't think people's issue is about what happens in practice under
> optimisation. They want *guarantees*. They want to see noexcept on
> every function because it's a *guarantee* that no matter what the
> programmer does, no unbounded execution times will occur.

I know what people want, I've had my share of arguments with people who
want noexcept no matter what.

> This is why games, audio and HFT shops ban the STL and disable RTTI
> and exceptions. It's about assurance, not reality in practice.

I know that too. It's a free country, anyone can disable anything they want.

> > It is true that this will not make the function
> > work faster in the case when it does throw, but at that time we're
> usually
> > dealing with aborting an operation, it's an exceptional condition. I
> > understand that this may be a problem in some weird cases but that's when
> > I'd demand strong evidence rather than conspiracy theories and toy
> > benchmark programs.
> A lot of this debate isn't about empirical reality, if C++
> programmers were managed by reality everyone would be using the STL
> with exceptions and RTTI turned on for years now.

Yep. Recently we shipped a game on Nintendo 3DS, 60 fps stereo, exception
handling and RTTI enabled, STL used throughout. Peter helped me get
boost::shared_ptr work on that platform, evidently we were the first
developer to use Boost on that platform. :)

> As I mentioned, it's about *assurance*: given a pool of average
> programmers, how can you (technical leads and management) be assured
> they will write on average low worst case latency C++? This is why I
> expect exceptions disabled C++ to remain around for a long time to
> come, and why AFIO v2 and Outcome will eventually support exceptions
> disabled.

Such arguments do push my buttons so I get involved, but I have very low
tolerance for how much I'd compromise my library designs to accommodate
incompetent technical leads. If you think that you've made your library
harder to use without empirical improvements in performance, isn't that a


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