[Development] The age-old T* foo vs. T *foo

Philippe philwave at gmail.com
Thu Oct 17 22:45:12 CEST 2019

For sure, one very  rarely sees T *foo in C++ projects.
Not without a reason.


On Thu, 17 Oct 2019 21:04:36 +0300
Ville Voutilainen <ville.voutilainen at gmail.com> wrote:

> Since we are about to do a major version upgrade, should be stop being
> a special snowflake in the C++ world and start attaching pointer-stars
> and reference-ampersands to the type instead of to the variable?
> As a quick example of how our current style is just odd, consider
> for (auto &&x : oink)
> Sure, that's in accordance with our style. It looks very out of place when
> coming back to our code after adventures in other code. Quick reading
> of it tends to suggest that it's a by-value thing since quick eyes see
> auto without any decorations.
> I don't expect the transition, should we agree to have it, to be easy
> for people accustomed to the Qt style. I also don't have any sort of numbers
> about whether our style is used elsewhere. In contrast, people with lots
> of exposure to non-Qt style tend to have to fight ours, it just doesn't come
> naturally.
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