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Subject: Re: [boost] [synapse] Review
From: Gonzalo BG (gonzalobg88_at_[hidden])
Date: 2016-12-13 04:26:21

David Sankel wrote:

> There is an important aspect to this review that I want to call out. A
signal is a "vocabulary type" in that it is pervasive through systems and
frequently used in public interfaces. One of the most important qualities
of a vocabulary type is that there be only one of them.

I just started to follow this review, and sadly I only have experience with
signals, so cannot really comment on whether adding a second signal
type to Boost is a good or a bad thing.

The only argument I can extract from your review is that a signal-type is a
vocabulary type, and Boost should only have a single signal type.

I am missing the why. In particular, since you then argue

> Imagine the confusion if we had one thread-safe shared pointer class
and another one optimized for single threaded usage,

But I do not need to imagine anything here. Rust has a thread-safe atomic
reference counted pointer (Arc) and a non-thread-safe reference counted
pointer (Rc) in its tiny standard library. While I've seen users being
about lots of aspects of Rust, I've never seen anybody confused about
when/how to use Arc or Rc. Both complement very well in practice, and
arguably this design is a perfect example of C++'s "don't pay for what you
don't use".

> or if we had an suite of different variant types with different tradeoffs

Recently Boost.Hana was accepted into Boost, with its own tuple type,
such that we now have boost::tuple, boost::fusion::tuple, std::tuple, and

So while I agree that having 4 types to do the same thing can be bad, I
would really like to hear why do you think that:
- Boost.Signals2 signal type chose the right trade-offs,
- the trade-offs chosen by Synapse's signal type are not worth the "cost"
  having two different signal types in Boost.

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