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Subject: Re: [boost] Variadic append for std::string
From: Christof Donat (cd_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-01-11 04:02:32


Am 11.01.2017 09:28, schrieb Olaf van der Spek:
> On Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 4:55 PM, Christof Donat <cd_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> I know, but you came up with C++ beginners. They already often get
>> confused
>> with streams and bit shifts, mostly when they come to C++ from C. Now
>> we
>> additionally mix expressions, where we can use manipulators with
>> those,
>> where we can't. That will probably make things worse not only for C++
>> beginners.
> Maybe, maybe not.
> Overloading yet another operator for a similar (but not equal) purpose
> is
> problematic too.

That is true. Actually I think, the best option is a different class,
that behaves just like a stream. Then it'll support manipulators, etc.
No one will be surprised, that strings behave similar to streams, but
not really the same, etc. We already have that class in the standard
library: std::ostringstream.

BTW: boost::format follows that same pattern as well. It just doesn't
use the shift operator to prevent confusion with stream.

>> I think << is quite elegant.
>> I feel very uneasy with it and I think I have presented quite some
>> reasoning why.
> You have, but I don't think we have a significantly better alternative.

The significantly better alternative is std::ostringstream. I think our
debate showed very nicely, that all the options, we have come up with to
simplify the concatenation of strings are significantly inferior in
total, though we could find examples, where they slightly improve


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