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From: "Gary R. Van Sickle" <g DOT r DOT vansickle AT worldnet DOT att DOT net>
To: "Cygwin-Apps" <cygwin-apps AT cygwin DOT com>
Subject: RE: libgetopt++ and setup and libstdc++
Date: Sun, 28 Apr 2002 14:38:47 -0500
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> > There's a cute 'trick' here that gives you the best of both worlds:
> >
> > typedef basic_string< TCHAR > StringAW;
> >
> > Now the "StringAW" type is either wide or narrow depending on
> > build-time defines.
> Except that widechar != unicode. WCHAR is still an 0 terminated string,
> but Unicode strings are not 0 terminated.

Sure they are.  A Unicode '\0' == 0x0000 (regardless of your byte order ;-)).
That said, basic_string<> doesn't actually store a '\0'; it stores the string
length, and only "nullifies" things when you do a ".c_str()" [Eckel, "Thinking
in C++", 2nd ed. Volume 2].

> (See the NT kernel defines for
> UNICODE_STRING to see how unicode strings are represented.).

Right, but we're not in Kernel space here (thank the three men I admire most,
the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost!).  Everything is different (and usually
wrong) in Kernel mode.  The UNICODE Win32 API takes null-terminated UNICODE
strings as parameters.

Great, now I'm having flashbacks.  That's that PWDMSD (Post-Windows-Driver-Model
Stress Disorder) for ya.

> Anyway, as we need more than the base string class offers, I see no
> reason not to have our own string class..

Oh, I completely agree.  I'm just saying that we could probably base it on
basic_string< TCHAR > and be one step ahead of the future.

Gary R. Van Sickle
Brewer.  Patriot.

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