RFC: A new helper class

Jarosław Staniek js at iidea.pl
Mon Oct 4 13:42:23 BST 2004

Many of us do not use C++ exceptions, while sometimes it's usable to use 
3-state logic because boolean is not enough. The 3rd state means sometimes 
'cancelled' or 'dontKnow'. Moreover, this logic is also havily used for 
relational databases. My proposal is a lightweight 'tristate' class as a 
companion to bool type:


As you can see, the class is 'inline' and there are convenient operators.
I used the class in Kexi's code and thus decreased complexity pretty much and 
cleaned up the code and the API (removed many "bool &cancelled" parameters).
Example real-life usage:


Within KDE CVS the class can be located as koffice/kexi/tristate.h.
Currently, application developers are free to use the class by copying the 
file (later maybe that it will be moved to more official place?).

regards / pozdrawiam,
  Jaroslaw Staniek / OpenOffice Polska
  Kexi Project: http://www.kexi-project.org, http://koffice.kde.org/kexi
  QT-KDE Wrapper Project: http://iidea.pl/~js/qkw

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