Re: On const reference arguments passing

"Victor Bazarov" <>
Mon, 16 Apr 2007 10:27:56 -0400
Giff wrote:

I am trying to change my way of programming (I am still learning) , in
particular I am putting an effort in passing const ref to functions,
when possible.

When possible means (to me) when that function is not going to modify
the object I pass to it.

That's a good rule. Also, when you think of treading the object as
"a value", it may still be reasonable to pass by reference to const,
instead of passing by value.

Many times though, I create an object, call a function (taking a non-
const ref) that modifies it somehow and then
need to use that object as parameter for a function that takes a const
ref, that will only read the object.

That sounds reasonable.

The compiler complains, since I am passing a non-const object to the
function and the only thing that I can do is to cast away the
constness, but is this the right way to go? It feels wrong...

That doesn't sound right. Could you please support this statement
with code? I can only see such behaviour of the compiler if the
situation is reversed -- calling a function expecting a ref to non-
const object from a function where the object is const (i.e. you
passed the object by reference to const):

    class a {};
    void foo(a& ra);
    void bar(a const & ra) {
        foo(ra); // error
    int main() {
        a object;

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