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Metaprogramming tools

We can find for the transition table more uses than what we have seen so far. Let's suppose you need to write a coverage tool. A state machine would be perfect for such a job, if only it could provide some information about its structure. Thanks to the transition table and Boost.MPL, it does.

What is needed for a coverage tool? You need to know how many states are defined in the state machine, and how many events can be fired. This way you can log the fired events and the states visited in the life of a concrete machine and be able to perform some coverage analysis, like “fired 65% of all possible events and visited 80% of the states defined in the state machine”. To achieve this, MSM provides a few useful tools:

An example shows the tools in action.