C++ / Why Iterators Got It All Wrong

Ilya Yaroshenko via Digitalmars-d digitalmars-d at puremagic.com
Sat Sep 2 19:08:20 PDT 2017

On Tuesday, 29 August 2017 at 12:50:08 UTC, Robert M. M√ľnch wrote:
> Maybe of interest: 
> https://www.think-cell.com/en/career/talks/iterators/#1
> I haven't read everything, so not sure if it worth to take a 
> look.

Iterators has no proper alternative when one need to implement 
generic tensor library like Mir Algorithm [1].

User level API is ndslice [4] (D n-dimensional random access 
range) , can be combined with Phobos. In the same time library 
uses low level unbounded random access iterator [2] 
representation to implement 90% of topology logic. This approach 
allows to maintain few times smaller, simpler and less 
error-prone code comparing with std.range. The best example it 
`bitwise` functions implementation in Phobos and Mir Algorithm. 
Iterators are very good for type composition when one need its 
own D range that can not be constructed using existing 
mir.ndslice.topology / std.range API.

[1] https://github.com/libmir/mir-algorithm

Best Regards,

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