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digitalmars.D.bugs - [Issue 15594] New: Make all of std.json safe-friendly

https://issues.dlang.org/show_bug.cgi?id=15594

          Issue ID: 15594
           Summary: Make all of std.json  safe-friendly
           Product: D
           Version: D2
          Hardware: All
                OS: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P3
         Component: phobos
          Assignee: nobody puremagic.com
          Reporter: dhasenan gmail.com

std.json has erroneously left several methods as  system. Ignoring everything
else, those should be marked  safe.

The code reads pointer fields from a union. This prevents it from marking
several methods as  safe.

Option 1:
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Make it  safe by not using unions for reference types.

This costs an extra 5 words per item. That's a non-trivial cost.

Option 2:
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Mark the following methods  trusted:
* str()
* object()
* array()

Then modify the rest of the code to use those accessors when applicable. (It
usually goes through the union directly.) There will be a negligible cost from
extra function calls, plus a few redundant checks, but on the whole it should
be pretty much the same experience.

The main problem is that it adds  trusted code.

Option 3:
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Switch from structs to classes. Use a class hierarchy to only store the data.
This has a memory cost as well -- object overhead is at least one word, plus it
adds indirection.

I'm favoring option 2, since it's only got three  trusted methods.

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Jan 22