hungarian notation is evil (was Re: Do I always have to write "self." ?)

Michael Hudson mwh21 at
Fri May 5 14:36:51 EDT 2000

Alex <cut_me_out at> writes:

> > I like how C++ templates are Turing complete.  That means trying to
> > determine whether or not a C++ program will even compile is equivalent
> > to the Halting Problem.
> How do you do the equivalent of a for loop using templates?

Noisily; it's been a while since I played with this kind of thing, but
hopefuly this will give you some idea:

#include <iostream>

template< int N >
class SumOfSquares {
    enum { val = N*N+SumOfSquares<N-1>::val };

class SumOfSquares<0> {
    enum { val = 0 };

int main(void) {
  cout << SumOfSquares<7>::val << endl;


[mwh21 at atrus C]$ g++
[mwh21 at atrus C]$ ./a.out 

[ God, I know C++ too well - I hadn't written any for months before
  that, and I get template meta-programming right basically first
  time... (after I remebered the syntax of enums!) ]

also-known-as-"how-to-crush-your-C++-compiler"-ly y'rs

  A student, in hopes of understanding the Lambda-nature, came 
  to Greenblatt.  As they spoke a Multics system hacker walked
  by.  "Is it true", asked the student, "that PL-1 has many of 
  the same data types as Lisp?"  Almost before the student had
  finished his  question, Greenblatt  shouted, "FOO!", and hit 
  the student with a stick.                                -- AI koan

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