Boost logo

Boost :

Subject: Re: [boost] Curiousity question
From: Gavin Lambert (gavinl_at_[hidden])
Date: 2016-10-12 20:06:41

On 13/10/2016 11:58, Edward Diener wrote:
> I would like to ask a design question for any Boost developers or anyone
> on this mailing list who might care to answer.
> You are designing or working on a library, perhaps for Boost, perhaps
> for fun, and part of the design of the library has some public
> functionality taking a shared pointer as input. You:
> 1) Use boost::shared_ptr
> 2) Use std::shared_ptr
> 3) Use both boost::shared_ptr and std::shared_ptr with the same
> functionality
> 4) Use neither, you roll your own shared pointer-like functionality
> 5) You don't lke shared pointers and use raw pointers instead
> I really am curious about this. I haven't put any limitation on your
> library or made any presumption on who your library is for, on purpose.

If I'm writing a small library/program that doesn't need Boost for
something else, then I'll use std::shared_ptr.

Otherwise, I'll use boost::shared_ptr, except where required to use
std::shared_ptr by existing interfaces.

(Why? Because boost::shared_ptr is better. It has shared_from_raw and
a few other such convenience features.)

Boost list run by bdawes at, gregod at, cpdaniel at, john at