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Subject: [boost] Fwd: Adding polymorphic_value to boost
From: THOMAS JORDAN (tomjordan766_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-11-20 12:28:36

On 19 November 2017 at 23:41, <boost-request_at_[hidden]> wrote:

> Message: 12
> Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:41:10 +0200
> From: "Peter Dimov" <lists_at_[hidden]>
> To: <boost_at_[hidden]>
> Subject: Re: [boost] Adding polymorphic_value to boost
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> Peter Bartlett wrote:
> > The only nit I had in the paper was that after all the banging on about
> it
> > being a value type, we are given operator bool, operator* and operator->,
> > making it pointer-like again. Could operator T& and operator T const&
> > work?
> Polymorphic means virtual functions, and when you have a
> polymorphic_value<T> pv, where T has a virtual function `f`, you can call
> `pv->f()`. With a conversion to T&, you can't call `pv.f()`.

I believe I've seen other libraries (maybe Optional) provide the helpful
comment above accessors used like this to the effect that 'this accessor
syntax does not imply pointer semantics.'
I guess -> and * accessors would not be required if there was such as thing
as overloaded dot operator.

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