On Sun, May 31, 2009 at 2:11 PM, gtsml owevwr <gtsml.owevwr@googlemail.com> wrote:
> 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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