Other: You Are a Parenthesis

Callable Objects in Java, C#, Rust, and C++

It is trivial to make a class callable in C++. Just define operator(). But what if you cannot?

Adding operator() requires three things to check simultaneously: you're working on an object of a class type, you own the class type, and the action of "call" has an unambiguous meaning in the class. You may think a closure or a bind_front object will solve all problems. But, depending on which pieces are missing, such a solution can range from adequate to a code smell.

The talk will begin with an old tale: Java -- a language with no operator() and was transitioning to adding lambda. Then, we will look into how Java, C♯, and Rust avoid all the restrictions of operator() by not adding operator() to the language. Finally, we'll introduce a small library change in C++ that achieves all the benefits we've seen and even more.


Day: 2023-04-22
Start time: 14:30
Duration: 01:30
Room: Bristol III
Track: General C++



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