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C++ -- a valid idea?

Dear GCC people,

I'm a very happy user of g++ and gcc! I like this compiler very much.

Now, the other day I thought of something which is (to my point of view) a 
problem in C++. Many people are used to the post increment operator which, 
as you certainly know needs to create a copy of this before to computer 
the increment and returns the result being that copy (which in many cases 
ends up being yet another copy).

Code which use an int will go very fast:

   for(int i = 0; i < max; i++) ...

If you transform the variable i with an iterator from the standard 

   for(interator it = v.begin(); it < max; it++) ...

The it++ expression is in many cases slow.

A solution to this problem (it seems to me) is to determine that the 
result of the expression it++ isn't used (void) and thus, ++it could be 
called instead. Since both functions could do something quite different, 
you can't change them on the user without him saying whether it is okay or 
not. Thus a new attribute would tell the compiler that it is fine and the 
change can occur as the compiler sees fit.

   class iterator {
      operator ++ () __atribute__ ((share_pre_and_post_increment));
      operator ++ (int) __atribute__ ((share_pre_and_post_increment));

Note that since this change would be taken in consideration only in 
declarations, recompiling all of your code would (possibly) make it faster 
at once without much work.

Thank you for reading this email in its entirety! 8-)

Best regards,


Alexis Wilke
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