Moving private functions to opaque inner

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Fri, 1 Mar 2013 09:51:25 -0800 (PST)
What triggered me to post it was that I saw in comp.std.c++ a
strange "Proposal: Compilation-unit scoped private member functions"
that received some positive feedback, so may be there is some
market for idiom like that? Idiom (sorry, I do not have name):

  // A.hpp
  class A
      // public interface
      int PublicGetter() const;
      int PublicSetter(int param);
      // the place for private member functions,
      // so (sometimes annoying) bloat is removed
      class P;
      // only virtuals constructors and operators here
      // ... not relevant for example
      // member data not moved, this isn't "pimpl"
      int data;

  // A.cpp
  class A::P
      // private functions of A hidden parameter exposed,
      // 7 chars of bloat per signature compare with:
      // "int A::PrivateGetter() const"
      static int PrivateGetter(A const&x)
          // 2 chars of bloat per access

      // same here
      static int PrivateSetter(A&a,int param)
 += param;

  int A::PublicGetter() const
      // 9 chars of bloat per private call
      return P::PrivateGetter(*this,param);

  int A::PublicSetter(int param)
      // same here
      return P::PrivateSetter(*this,param);

No differences in efficiency.
Removes most private functions from header.
Makes private calls more visible in code.
Changes in implementation modify header less likely.
May be that ... I do not see something obvious?

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