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Subject: Re: [boost] [outcome] To variant, or not to variant?
From: Thomas Heller (thom.heller_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-05-31 14:43:18

Am 31.05.2017 4:26 nachm. schrieb "Peter Dimov via Boost" <

Gavin Lambert wrote:

> I probably should have thought of asking this earlier, but it occurs to me
> now that my own mental model of how an "outcome"-ish type should act is
> probably not suited to variant storage at all.
> So just out of curiosity I thought I'd ask whether people prefer this sort
> of interface:

Or this sort of interface:

Neither. I prefer a combination of the two. Like a variant, exactly one of
has_value(), has_error(), has_exception() should report true, depending on
whether you called set_value, set_error, or set_exception. The accessors
however, should work as you previously outlined.

   // throws when !has_value()
   T value() const;

   // error_code() when has_value()
   // error when has_error()
   // errc::has_exception when has_exception()
   error_code error() const noexcept;

   // nullptr when has_value()
   // either nullptr or make_exception_ptr(system_error()) when has_error()

Why not this:
make_exception_ptr(system_error(error()) when has_error()?

   // exception when has_exception()
   exception_ptr exception() const noexcept;

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