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Subject: Re: [Boost-users] About naming of integer log in base 2
From: Paul A. Bristow (pbristow_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-07-22 06:34:11

From: boost-users-bounces_at_[hidden] [mailto:boost-users-bounces_at_[hidden]] On Behalf Of Murilo Adriano
Sent: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 10:49 PM
To: boost-users_at_[hidden]
Subject: Re: [Boost-users] About naming of integer log in base 2

> and maybe you need to document some examples of using policies that don't bother to check or at least do so quietly
(your > original idea), just quietly return -1, produce a message and return -1, or message and then throw an exception.

I should have said that there is an example at \boost_1_43_0\libs\math\example\error_policy_example.cpp

and you will also want to provide some Boost.Test style tests too - something like

BOOST_CHECK_EQUAL(ilog2(1), 1); // Some plain values...
BOOST_CHECK_EQUAL(ilog2(FFFFFFFF), 1); // Some cases that might cause trouble.

BOOST_CHECK_EQUAL(ilog2(std::numeric_limits<unsigned_int>::max()), 1); // Other cases that might cause trouble.

Cases that really will cause trouble... in this case zero.

BOOST_CHECK_EQUAL(ilog2(0), -1); // default policy is to just return -1 (or whatever you decide for default).

BOOST_CHECK_THROW(ilog2<policy<bad_argument_error<throw_on_error> > > (0)); // policy that throws an exception for

In the math library, these tests are obscured by using macros to repeat them for many functions and policies, but you
will find many examples to help you.

Setting this up is really mind-numbingly boring but is very well worth it to provide quality assurance for the users -
Boost quality.

It will make passing a review much more likely.

Have fun!


Paul A. Bristow
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