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From: Johan Nilsson (r.johan.nilsson_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-03-01 05:32:30


I've just started playing around with Boost.Parameter. I'm in the progress
of wrapping a legacy C library and some of the structs used have plenty of
members, most of which have reasonable defaults. I thought that the
Parameter library would be a nice fit here, but ended up with a couple of

1. How can I define constructor for a class taking named parameters, without
using the double parentheses syntax? The following basic idea works, but is

struct Foo
        template<typename ArgPack>
        Foo(ArgPack& args)
            m_minVal = args[minVal|0];
            m_maxVal = args[maxVal|100];
void bar()
    Foo foo(( minVal = 1, maxVal = 2)); // Note double parens
I've experimented some with defining a parameter::parameters specification 
and use (the undocumented) BOOST_PARAMETER_MEMFUN, but that obviously 
doesn't work (forwarding, return values and constructors don't mix). It 
should be possible (I think) to define a BOOST_PARAMETER_CTOR macro that 
generate the ctor overloads and forwards to a setter method instead of the 
other way around.
I guess I could create a free or static member function that constructs an 
object, but that would either force me to create heap-based objects, or 
invoke potentially expensive copy ctors.
2. Is there a way of detecting whether an argument was passed using position 
or name? Or, even better, is there a way of restricting the arguments to 
only be passed by name using the parameters specification?
3. Not a question really, but having a default arity of 5 seems awfully low 
to me. I hit that limit on first usage, and as the named parameters are 
supposed to be used in the interface of my wrapping library, forcing users 
to define BOOST_PARAMETER_MAX_ARITY "globally" feels a bit like asking for 
someone coming up and asking me to decode some compile errors.
[I'm using the latest cvs head of boost, in combination with VC 8.0]
Johan Nilsson

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