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Subject: [ggl] transform linestring into a ring
From: Simonson, Lucanus J (lucanus.j.simonson)
Date: 2011-04-13 12:44:25

Barend Gehrels wrote:
> Hi,
>> Dose ggl has any wrap class that able to wrap a linestring as a ring,
>> rather than copying the linestring into an actual ring?
> A wrapper class, e.g. having a const reference to a linestring and
> behaving itself as a ring (so this is what you want I assume) does not
> exist.
> Good idea. It is probably easy to create it yourself.
> Regards, Barend

A general wrapper for viewing a model of one geometry concept as another geometry concept should be easy to add to the library.

Polygon can be viewed as a refinement of linestring since it restricts the definition of linestring to closed loops (perhaps non self intersecting also.)

To view a model of a concept as a refinement of that concept is not safe in general, but based on runtime information or knowledge of the programmer than the invariant of the refinement is true it is a very useful capability. In Polygon I provide the view_as template function that returns a view_of wrapper type.

        template<typename concept_type, typename object_type>
        view_of<concept_type, object_type> view_as<concept_type>(object_type& obj);

All you have to do is make sure that view_of automatically satisfies the requirements of the concept type specified with a little template metaprogramming in the library. It is not something I would expect most users to be able to do for themselves. In general you may need to implement specializations of view_of for each legal combination of concept types and make sure that the default view_of is empty and will not compile if used with a nonsensical pair of concepts.


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