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Subject: Re: [Boost-users] multi_array_ref (lack of) default constructor
From: Robert Jones (robertgbjones_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-05-31 17:18:18

On Sun, May 31, 2009 at 2:11 PM, gtsml owevwr

> > 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.
Perhaps, but multi_array & multi_array_ref do contain the notion of
a view. They're used to generate slices through the array, but I think
it would be ok to construct a slice which is the whole array, and that
would be your view I believe.

- Rob.

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