Re: C++ standard
kanze wrote :
Even worse is the lack of a standard memory management
idiom. What do you do as a library implementor, just return
a raw pointer, document who is responsible for what, and
hope for the best? Implement your own, in house smart
pointers, and impose these on the user? (Lots of fun for
the user if he has three or four libraries that take this
path.) Impose the Boehm garbage collector?
The standard way is probably to return the object by value to
let it be automatically managed on the 'automatic memory' (the
When you can. It doesn't work for entity objects, which can't
be copied, and it doesn't work for anything polymorphic. It
can also cause performance problems for large collections---the
copy constructor for an std::list<std::string> with over 50000
elements is not going to be instantanious.
James Kanze GABI Software
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