[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH 1/4] lavu: add simple array implementation

Michael Niedermayer michaelni at gmx.at
Thu Mar 6 03:06:50 CET 2014

On Wed, Mar 05, 2014 at 07:34:35PM +0100, Nicolas George wrote:
> Le quintidi 15 ventôse, an CCXXII, wm4 a écrit :
> > Unfortunately, this is pretty horrible. GET_UTF8 style.
> That is your personal taste, it is not corroborated by any argument.

compiler errors to such macros are cryptic and cost more time
to fix. get the "code passed as argument" wrong and the compiler
will likely have a hard time to figure out what is wrong, it really
cant know if your macro or the code using it is at fault if the
result is a syntax error
This doesnt occur with functions

> And the beauty of that kind of API is: if you don't like it, don't use it.
> > It could be simplified a bit. First off, you don't need to put the code
> > for "success" as macro parameter. You could call the macro something
> > like AV_DYNARRAY_GROW, and put the "success" code after it.
> That means the failure case has to be some kind a jump, or it needs an extra
> condition. That seems to make the macro less usable for no apparent reason
> except alleged "simplification".
> > Second, you could drop the type for the size. You'll only ever use
> > size_t or int as index, so it's better to duplicate the macro for those
> > two types, instead of wasting 2 macro parameters on them.
> Until someone is forced by some reason or another to use a variable of
> another type, for example to interact with a library that uses long.

> It is this kind of lack of foresight that leads to having two
> implementations where there could be just one for the start.

An API thats designed with
"And the beauty of that kind of API is: if you don't like it, don't use it."
will probably not improve that

Its important that the developers like the API because if they end
up not using it then no matter how great it is in theory it wont
help them in practice

> Also, a type parameter does not cost anything in a macro, there is just no
> reason to omit it.


printf(future extension, we might use this, 10234, 9999, 1234, yes,
       no, reserved, hello_world_string, goto error /* this cant fail */);



i find the later more readable, that is needing less of my time.


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