Why Would You Ever Pass a Container By Value? -- Andrew Koenig

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Why Would You Ever Pass a Container By Value?

by Andrew Koenig

From the article:

Consider two fundamental features of C++: functions and references. Which shall we teach first?

If we teach references first, there is the problem of coming up with interesting example programs that use references but completely avoid user-defined functions. This is hard to do because the most common use of references is as function parameters — so it's probably easier to teach functions first.

However, if we teach functions before we teach references, then every function we write must accept its arguments by value — references not yet being available as an alternative...

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FaTony said on Aug 3, 2013 11:25 AM:

There is a factual error in the article. String literal
has type
const char[6]
and not
const char*