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Re: New public API

On Tue, 2006-02-21 at 11:51 +1100, Alexey Parshin wrote:
> Yeah, that's a pre-requirement. But in that case, returning just const char
> * is more appropriate..

There will be places where const char* is appropriate and where
std::string is, thus resulting in an inconsistent API. 
And if the API is to be implementation independent then it will be
impossible to tell where const char* should be and were std::string

The other point is that the C++ Standard's specification of class
std::string is formulated to allow a reference counted implementation.
It seems that the libstdc++'s implementation is quite smart about the
copy constructor (http://gcc.gnu.org/onlinedocs/libstdc


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