Re: [gtk-list] Re: Gtk--: G_List quirks

Michael Beach wrote:
> Kevin Handy wrote:
> >
> > One thing that the STL does give you, as opposed to the (void *)
> > pointers, is it doesn't have to store the pointer to the data,
> > wich saves you 4 bytes (or more) of storage for each node.
> > If you have a fairly large list, the savings in (data space)
> > memory can be subatantial. (You may think of it as trading
> > code space for data space).
> Come on, surely you are pulling my leg here! Do you think that STL is
> magic? Just because you don't need a next pointer in the node doesn't
> mean there is no pointer at all! The actual data structures comprising
> the list would no doubt be templated on the type T you give when
> instantiating the list<T> template, and you can bet your bottom dollar
> that they will have pointer members as well as a member of class T.

Oops, sorry to reply to myself, but I think I've really put my foot in
it here! I guess Kevin was comparing a typical STL implementation to a
list implementation where the list nodes are separate from (and point
to) the data items in the list. Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa!


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