new std.variant (was Re: The Right Approach to Exceptions)

Robert Jacques sandford at
Wed Feb 22 06:19:38 PST 2012

On Tue, 21 Feb 2012 21:51:34 -0600, Andrei Alexandrescu <SeeWebsiteForEmail at> wrote:
> On 2/21/12 6:11 PM, Robert Jacques wrote:
>> On Tue, 21 Feb 2012 09:12:57 -0600, Adam D. Ruppe
>> <destructionator at> wrote:
>>> On Tuesday, 21 February 2012 at 02:33:15 UTC, Robert Jacques
>>> wrote:
>>>> Nope. See
>>>> ( )
>>> Any luck in getting the required patches into phobos?
>>> I'd love to see this full thing in there for the next release.
>>> It rox.
>> I'm in the process of cleaning up the required patches and submitting
>> them. The first one's already in
>> (
>> I've almost got appender ready.
> Are the changes substantial enough to put them through the review process?
> Andrei

To Variant? Yes, definitely. To Appender? I don't think so. There is an slight change in API behavior necessitated by performance considerations, but I don't think it warrants a review by the community at large. Specifically, appender's internal data structure is now sealed, which means that .data must always make a copy. My preference would be to deprecate .data in favor of a .dup/.idup pair. It'll break a bunch of code (which I don't like), but it will make sure no one is calling .data twice in a row, resulting in a silent performance problem.

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