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Re: containers tentative design summary
On Fri, 2009-11-06 at 14:42 +0000, Brian Gough wrote:
> Ok, I have read the paper now. I do think the practice of casting
> described there is rather dated. When people had no viable
> alternative to C, they had to resort to such tricks. It is not
> something that should be encouraged today -- programs should either be
> written safely, following the rules of type-checking in C, or be
> written in another language.
How does this comment help us in designing a C library?
> Our approach is actually described in the paper under the "first
> member" section, in the &(cp.p) example -- although they don't point
> out that it's the only one that doesn't require a cast and can be
> checked by the compiler, unlike all the others.
How does this solve the const-ness problem?