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Re: [PATCH 00/89] Compile-time gimple-checking

On April 22, 2014 8:56:56 PM CEST, Richard Sandiford <> wrote:
>David Malcolm <> writes:
>> Alternatively we could change the is-a.h API to eliminate this
>> discrepancy, and keep the typedefs; giving something like the
>>   static void
>>   dump_gimple_switch (pretty_printer *buffer, gimple_switch gs, int
>>                       int flags)
>>   [...snip...]
>>   [...later, within pp_gimple_stmt_1:]
>>      case GIMPLE_SWITCH:
>>        dump_gimple_switch (buffer, as_a <gimple_switch> (gs), spc,
>>        break;
>> which is concise, readable, and avoid the change in pointerness
>> to the "gimple" typedef; the local decls above would look like this:
>>   gimple some_stmt;  /* note how this doesn't have a star... */
>>   gimple_assign assign_stmt; /* ...and neither do these */
>>   gimple_cond assign_stmt;
>>   gimple_phi phi;
>> I think this last proposal is my preferred API, but it requires the
>> change to is-a.h
>> Attached is a proposed change to the is-a.h API that elimintates the
>> discrepancy, allowing the use of typedefs with is-a.h (doesn't yet
>> compile, but hopefully illustrates the idea).  Note how it changes
>> API to match C++'s  dynamic_cast<> operator i.e. you do
>>   Q* q = dyn_cast<Q*> (p);
>> not:
>>   Q* q = dyn_cast<Q> (p);
>Thanks for being flexible. :-)  I like this version too FWIW, for the
>reason you said: it really does look like a proper C++ cast.

Indeed. I even wasn't aware it is different Than a c++ cast...


>If we ever decide to get rid of the typedefs (maybe at the same time as
>using "auto") then the choice might be different, but that would be a
>more systematic and easily-automated change than this one.

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