Re: operator==() of std::string and user-defined conversion

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Wed, 31 Jan 2007 08:14:14 CST
On Jan 31, 9:31 am, "Lance Diduck" <> wrote:

The short oversimplified answer is that std::string is really a
typedef for an elaborate template declaration. It turns out that
operator== is really a template function. Template functions will not
try to find a way to do an implicit conversion, but rather try to
generate a function directly to match the parameters as given.


The compiler cannot match struct A to any template parameters of
basic_string operator==, and ignores this template. The compiler will
not try every implict conversion in hope of finding a template
function that could possibly satisfy the expression. One of Sutters


That info helped a lot but it isn't actually the correct answer.
In the original for std::string the search of operator== in std
namespace isn't even considered as shown in the following more general

namespace tst
   struct G {};

   template <class X> struct TT {};

   template <class X>
     bool operator==(TT<X> const&, TT<X> const&)
     { return true; }

   template <class X, class Y>
     bool operator==(TT<X> const& x, Y const& y) //have to be defined
for e == a expression
     { return x == static_cast<TT<X> >(y); }

   template <class Y>
     bool operator==(Y const&, Y const&)//too general, defined only for
a == a expression
     { return true; }

typedef tst::TT<tst::G> T;

struct A
   operator T() const { return T(); }


int main(int const argc, char const* argv[])
   using tst::operator==;
   A a = A();
   T e = a;
   e == e;
   e == a; //We have to define special operator==() for this, because
templated operator==() doesn't try conversions, but rather tries to
find matches.
   a == a;//ADL doesn't even look into tst namespace for operator==()
without the using directive and we have to define special operator==()
for this case as well.
   return 0;

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