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digitalmars.D.learn - Range question

I'm trying to write a range-based template that iterates over a range
and returns one of its elements according to some criterion:

	ElementType!R choose(R, E)(R range)
		if (isInputRange!R)
		ElementType!R e;
		while (!range.empty) {
			if (/* some criterion */) {
				e = range.front;
		return e;

But how do I guarantee that e won't be overwritten? For example, if
range.front returns a reference to some buffer that later gets
overwritten by a subsequent operation. Or, if it does get overwritten,
how can I make a copy of its value without depending on specific element

Note that e may be assigned multiple times during the loop, and it's
unknown in advance when the value of e will stop changing, so inserting
a return in the if condition is not possible.


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Feb 17 2012