Generic algorithms have so far been specified in terms of two or more iterators. Two iterators would together form a range of values that the algorithm could work on. This leads to a very general interface, but also to a somewhat clumsy use of the algorithms with redundant specification of container names. Therefore we would like to raise the abstraction level for algorithms so they specify their interface in terms of Ranges as much as possible.
The most common form of ranges used throughout the C++ community are standard library containers. When writing algorithms however, one often finds it desirable for the algorithm to accept other types that offer enough functionality to satisfy the needs of the generic code if a suitable layer of indirection is applied . For example, raw arrays are often suitable for use with generic code that works with containers, provided a suitable adapter is used. Likewise, null terminated strings can be treated as containers of characters, if suitably adapted.
This library therefore provides the means to adapt standard-like containers,
null terminated strings,
iterators, and raw arrays (and more), such that the same generic code can work
with them all. The basic idea is to add another layer of indirection using
and free-standing functions so syntactic and/or semantic differences can be
The main advantages are
using namespace boost; using namespace boost::adaptors; for_each( my_map | map_values, fn );
using namespace boost; using namespace boost::adaptors; for_each( my_map | map_keys, fn );
using namespace boost; using namespace boost::adaptors; // Assume that is_even is a predicate that has been implemented elsewhere... push_back(target, my_map | map_values | filtered(is_even()) | reversed);