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Subject: Re: [boost] Adding polymorphic_value to boost
From: Thorsten Ottosen (tottosen_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-11-23 17:15:03

Den 23-11-2017 kl. 17:32 skrev Jonathan Coe via Boost:
>> On 23 Nov 2017, at 15:24, Thorsten Ottosen via Boost <boost_at_[hidden]> wrote:

>> That's going to use way too much space, make swap/move slow and possibly noexcept(false), give poor reference stability. For that case of not heap-allocating each object in isolation, boost::poly_collection seems much better. So I would stick to the allocate on the heap approach.
> One can limit the size of the buffer to make it tolerable (like std::function does) and only use the buffer for types than are noexcept-moveable. Reference stability is not a big concern to me (given the intended uses of the api) but is probably worth documenting.
> My proposed addition does not have a small object optimisation but I would not wish to rule out adding one.

That certainly should be documented. If one stores a base* somewhere
outside the collection, this is quite important to know if one should
dare sorting a collection of such objects.

And if we use a small buffer optimization, then we get the peculiar case
that reference stability depends on the size of the object.

polymorphic_value will leak the pointer abstraction anyway, so I don't
see any point in trying to disguise that.

Some other naming ideas:


kind regards


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