Re: We do not use C++ exceptions

Andrei Alexandrescu <>
Mon, 26 Jan 2009 17:04:44 CST
David Abrahams wrote:

I'm not excusing liberal signed/unsigned inter-conversions. We have to
live with those. What we don't have to live with is complicated checks
inside functions for conditions that are preventable at the function
interface boundary.

Yah, that I agree with. In my experience you can weed out one half of
the check. Consider:

template <class T> struct Vector
     T & operator[](int n) { enforce(n >= 0 && n < length_); ... }


template <class T> struct Vector
     T & operator[](size_t n) { enforce(n < length_); ... }

If I use unsigned, I get rid of one of the tests. I don't think it's a
huge deal, but it does feel cleaner. Besides, I can use a vector > 2GB
in size on a 32-bit system, at least in theory. The underlying
assumption is that there is no combination of a vector > 2GB and a large
negative integer at the same time, which is reasonable.

However, I get nervous when I got rid of *all* tests when an unsigned
comes around. Then something is bound to run amok somewhere.

double pow(double base, unsigned exponent)
     // look, ma! No checks!
     double result = 1;
     while (exponent)
         if (exponent & 1)
             result *= base;
             result *= result;
             exponent /= 2;
     return result;

Well this function is rather prone to returning zero or infinity for
negative small exponents, which are frequent in a program and accepted
no problem. Do I still define it that way? Yes :o). I'm just more
miserable over it than others.


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