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Pass-by-reference instead of pass-by-pointer = a bad idea?

Hi!
I've been thinking about passing parameteras using references instead
of pointers in order to emphasize that the parameter must be an
object.

Exemple:
void func(Objec& object); //object must be an object

instead of

void func(Object* object); //object can be NULL

I belive that this is a good idea since , in the reference case, it's
clear that NULL is not an option. It's also clear that NULL is an
option when a pointer is expected (stating the obvious :-) ). The code
becomes somewhat more self-documenting.

Any comments on why this could be a bad idea or do you think it's just
a matter of taste?

/H
Jul 23 '05
110 10009
Steven T. Hatton wrote:
be****@pacbell. net wrote:
Nitpick: avoid names that begin with "_".


BAH! The implementation ain't got no business snoopin' around in my
classes! _foo works great!


So does foo_, mFoo, m_foo, etc...

To quote one of your other recent posts: MACROS SUCK!

Bob

Jul 23 '05 #111

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