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Subject: Re: [std-proposals] Non-trainling default function arguments
From: Михаил Найденов (mihailnajdenov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2020-02-02 11:24:52


Adding a default will change existing calls

void f(int x, int y, int z, int a=0);
f(1, 2, 3); //< assigns a, y, z

At some point in the future
void f(int x, int y=4, int z, int a=0);

f(1, 2, 3); //< silently changes to assigning x, z, a, because there is now
an explicit overload void f(int x, int z, int a);

On Sun, Feb 2, 2020 at 6:36 PM Avi Kivity via Std-Proposals <
std-proposals_at_[hidden]> wrote:

> Currently, default arguments to functions must be trailing; "void f(int
> x = 4, int y)" is not allowed.
>
>
> I propose to relax this. The main motivation is that a trailing lambda
> argument is readable, while a lambda argument inside a longer parameter
> list is not.
>
>
> Readable:
>
>
> f(5, foo, bar, [baz] {
>
> baz->shoo();
>
> });
>
>
> Less readable:
>
>
> f(5, [baz] {
>
> baz->shoo();
>
> }), foo, bar);
>
>
> So, there is competition for the last slot of the argument list.
>
>
> To implement this, the compiler generates overloads for each default
> parameter combination.
>
>
> void f(int x = 4, int y);
>
> is translated to
>
>
> void f(int x, int y);
>
> void f(int y) { f(4, std::forward<int>(y)); }
>
>
> Functions with many non-trailing default arguments may generate many
> combinations; some of them may be ambiguous, which the compiler should
> diagnose.
>
>
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