[C++-sig] Re: C arrays solution

David Abrahams dave at boost-consulting.com
Wed Oct 15 23:10:19 CEST 2003

Niall Douglas wrote:

> On 15 Oct 2003 at 11:38, David Abrahams wrote:
>>>>>The key here is that MyList knows nothing of python and offers no
>>>>>more than a C array of pointers, something which up until now was
>>>>>hard to wrap without lots of munge code.
>>>>I'm not sure what "munge code" means.  The behavior you show above
>>>>is almost trivial to achieve using Boost.Python, without anything I
>>>>consider to be "munge code".
>>>I'm getting that picture from Raoul. However if it's so easy, why is
>>>Raoul developing indexing_suite?
>>To handle reference and lifetime issues which are mostly not relevant
>>to you because your container holds strings, which are immutable in
> ?!?!?!?
> Whatever gave you the idea my container holds strings? 

Your examples did.  You can't really claim to be shocked, can you?

 > That was my
> *test* container and I chose strings because BPL already provides 
> conversion to python types.
> The real actual world use is for arbitrary bespoke containers 



Bespoke (pronounced bee-SPOHK) is a term used in the United Kingdom and 
elsewhere for an individually- or custom-made product or service. 
Traditionally applied to custom-tailored clothing, the term has been 
extended to information technology, especially for software consulting 
services. Typically, software consulting companies offer packaged 
(already invented and generally applicable) software and bespoke 
software for client needs that can't be satisfied by packaged software. 
In the U.S., bespoke software is often called custom or custom-designed 


> returning arbitrary objects sometimes by value and sometimes by 
> reference.

OK, then I'd use the suites if I were you.

> I did state that the code I posted was proof of concept many times!

I don't know why you're telling me that, but anyway... I was just trying 
to help you get to an easy and reliable solution.  If you're interested 
in pursuing your own homegrown solution, it's fine by me.  I'll be happy 
to go back to my other pursuits and stop pointing out that I think 
there's a better way.


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