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D - Operators shl_r, shr_r, ushr_r

reply "Walter" <walter digitalmars.com> writes:
These are there so you can overload:

    5 << a

but really, should this be allowable? The right operand of a shift is always
an integral value. Yes, I know that disallowing this will preclude an
iostream-style use of << and >>, but I'll go out on a limb and say that <<
and >> should not be used for that.
Aug 21 2002
next sibling parent reply Pavel Minayev <evilone omen.ru> writes:
On Wed, 21 Aug 2002 13:34:30 -0700 "Walter" <walter digitalmars.com> wrote:

 These are there so you can overload:
 
     5 << a
 
 but really, should this be allowable? The right operand of a shift is always

Hm, why not? It might turn out to have some better uses than C++-like streaming...
Aug 21 2002
parent "Walter" <walter digitalmars.com> writes:
"Pavel Minayev" <evilone omen.ru> wrote in message
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 On Wed, 21 Aug 2002 13:34:30 -0700 "Walter" <walter digitalmars.com>

 These are there so you can overload:
     5 << a
 but really, should this be allowable? The right operand of a shift is


 Hm, why not? It might turn out to have some better uses than C++-like
 streaming...

The C++ iostreams is, to me, a good illustration of why overloading of arithmetic operators should only be used to implement user-defined arithmetic types. In the spirit of add() being commutative and cmp() being usable for <, <=, > and >=, it makes sense to disallow overloading of the right operand of a shift. BTW, it does make some sort of sense to overload ~ for stream operations, after all, one could think of it as concatenating a series of strings into a stream.
Aug 21 2002
prev sibling parent "Martin M. Pedersen" <mmp www.moeller-pedersen.dk> writes:
Hi,

"Walter" <walter digitalmars.com> wrote in message
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 These are there so you can overload:
     5 << a
 but really, should this be allowable? The right operand of a shift is

 an integral value.

I think it should. It would allow a BigNum class to implement the same sematics as for the primitive integrals. Regards, Martin M. Pedersen
Aug 21 2002