Advice needed on BIC

Thiago Macieira thiago at
Wed Dec 15 13:12:20 GMT 2010

On Wednesday, 15 de December de 2010 11:37:51 John Layt wrote:
> On Tuesday 14 December 2010 19:53:50 Alexander Neundorf wrote:
> > I'm not sure we really already care about keeping BC on Windows.
> > Windows guys: do we ?
> Maybe not yet and we may be able to change stuff _now_, but once it kicks in
> on Windows we don't want to have potential timebombs waiting to go off :-)
> > A private function cannot be called by anybody outside the class, it can
> > only be called from within the class, so private symbols should not make
> > it into any user of the class, so removing private functions should be
> > ok.
> That was always my assumption.  Which also makes me confused as to why
> promoting from private to public would break BIC, why should any change in a
> formerly private symbol break BIC when it is essentially deleting a private
> symbol and adding a new public one?  Unless that's another MSVC 'feature'
> we're working around?

Private functions *can* be called by friends and by inline functions.

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