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------- Comment #13 from [EMAIL PROTECTED]  2008-12-02 06:54 -------
Another kind of solution to this problem, more complex to create, but maybe
cleaner is to have templates to extract/change the constness of types.

I am not familiar with D2, so maybe what I say is already doable, or fully
wrong. In particular this assumes that a type variable T contains also the
constness attributes. This is not the case now (I think) otherwise things like
the min example would be already correct, but I am not fully sure because the
this template arguments seem to pick constness up.

I am not sure I fully grasp the implications of adding constness attributes to
type variables, I think that one problem could be that the matching becomes
more difficult:

  T min(T)(T a,T b)
  min(const(int),invariant(int)) should instantiate with T=const(int)
  min(invariant(int),invariant(int)) should instantiate with T=invariant(int)
  min(const(int),int) should instantiate min(int,int) ???
  min(invariant(int),int) should not instantiate

but I see not insormountable problems

Then one wants functions like
naked!(T) // removed eventual const/invariant from T 
   (naked could maybe also be T.base, as .base is already used in
   a similar context)
constness!(T) // returns an object (int?) representing the constness of T
set_constness!(T,const_val) // returns the type
   const(naked(T)), invariant(naked(T)), naked(T) depending on const_val
also strstr can be solved

set_constness!(char,constness!(U)) strstr(U:char[])(U source, char[] pattern){
// ....

Using these functions (and assuming constness is ordered, which is trivial to
do) one can then build something like 
min_constness!(...) // returning the minimal constness of its arguments
max_constness!(...) // returning the maximal constness of its arguments
If one also has aliases like "function" to return the argument type tuple (used
in is expressions).
I think that this in combination with template constraints, allows all the
freedom one could possibly want.


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