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Smart Pointers to boost your code

, 27 Sep 2004
A beginner's introduction to the smart pointers provided by the boost library.
Prize winner in Competition "MFC/C++ Aug 2004"
#ifndef BOOST_CHECKED_DELETE_HPP_INCLUDED
#define BOOST_CHECKED_DELETE_HPP_INCLUDED

// MS compatible compilers support #pragma once

#if defined(_MSC_VER) && (_MSC_VER >= 1020)
# pragma once
#endif

//
//  boost/checked_delete.hpp
//
//  Copyright (c) 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 boost.org
//  Copyright (c) 2002, 2003 Peter Dimov
//  Copyright (c) 2003 Daniel Frey
//  Copyright (c) 2003 Howard Hinnant
//
//  Permission to copy, use, modify, sell and distribute this software
//  is granted provided this copyright notice appears in all copies.
//  This software is provided "as is" without express or implied
//  warranty, and with no claim as to its suitability for any purpose.
//
//  See http://www.boost.org/libs/utility/checked_delete.html for documentation.
//

namespace boost
{

// verify that types are complete for increased safety

template<class T> inline void checked_delete(T * x)
{
    // intentionally complex - simplification causes regressions
    typedef char type_must_be_complete[ sizeof(T)? 1: -1 ];
    (void) sizeof(type_must_be_complete);
    delete x;
}

template<class T> inline void checked_array_delete(T * x)
{
    typedef char type_must_be_complete[ sizeof(T)? 1: -1 ];
    (void) sizeof(type_must_be_complete);
    delete [] x;
}

template<class T> struct checked_deleter
{
    typedef void result_type;
    typedef T * argument_type;

    void operator()(T * x) const
    {
        // boost:: disables ADL
        boost::checked_delete(x);
    }
};

template<class T> struct checked_array_deleter
{
    typedef void result_type;
    typedef T * argument_type;

    void operator()(T * x) const
    {
        boost::checked_array_delete(x);
    }
};

} // namespace boost

#endif  // #ifndef BOOST_CHECKED_DELETE_HPP_INCLUDED

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