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Subject: Re: [Boost-users] multi_array_ref (lack of) default constructor
From: gtsml owevwr (gtsml.owevwr_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-05-31 09:11:54

> I don't know, but if it did what would you have it do? Surely it lacks
> one for the same reason that references must be initialised?

Yes, that's absolutely right, I just realized that multi_array_ref
exactly mimic the C++ ref (probably obvious).

I originally thought that multi_array_ref will solve the problem I had
with multi_array ownership: the memory chunk I need to work with is
already owned by another class. But multi_array_ref is too restrictive
for my purpose. As I said, I need to pass a vector of those and that's
just not possible.

I'm not explaining it too well but the bottom line is that from my
perspective multi_array_ref is:
- good because it doesn't own the data
- bad because it act as a ref:
   - no default constructor
   - operator= is a deep copy

Ideally, I'm looking for what most people call "a view". Probably
playing with words here, but definitely, multi_array_ref is not what I
am looking for.


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