Re: Returning more than one value from a function

 James Kanze <>
Tue, 03 Jul 2007 05:18:11 -0700
On Jul 3, 7:41 am, Mohitz <> wrote:

I can't really think of a single case where using std::pair
would be appropriate, except for emulating certain design errors
in the standard library. (If you're writing a container class,
it's best that it look as much as possible like a standard
container. Ditto for basic algorithms. So I use std::pair in

What is the harm in using pair<> to return two values from a function?

Readability. Unless the semantic of the values really is
"first" and "second", of course---pair<int,int> might be
appropriate for a function "throwTwoDice()". If you consider
something like std::map<>::value_type, however, the semantic
isn't first and second, but key and value, and using std::pair
for this is extremely bad design.

Saves the effort of defining a new struct.

Boy are you lazy:-). Seriously, what's the big deal about a new
struct, if it makes the code clearer?

James Kanze (GABI Software)
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