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Variadic template with template arguments in pairs
September 12
I'm trying to create a variadic template function that takes pairs of arguments. Sort of like getopt, I want to pass any number of pairs of a string and some pointer. Or any size chunk larger than one.

Something like the following, assuming the existence of a hypothetical template pairwise:

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void doByPair(Args...)(Args args)
if (Args.length)
{
    foreach (pair; args.pairwise)
    {
        static assert(is(typeof(pair[0]) == string));
        static assert(isPointer!(pair[1]));
        assert(pair[1] !is null);

        string desc = pair[0];
        auto value = *pair[1];
        writefln("%s %s: %s", typeof(value).stringof, desc, value);
    }
}

bool b1 = true;
bool b2 = false;
string s = "some string";
int i = 42;

doByPair("foo", &b1, "bar", &b2, "baz", &s, "qux", &i);

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Should output:

bool foo: true
bool bar: false
string baz: some string
int qux: 42

What is the right way to go about doing this?
September 12
On Wednesday, 12 September 2018 at 15:12:16 UTC, Anonymouse wrote:
> void doByPair(Args...)(Args args)
> if (Args.length)
> {
>     foreach (pair; args.pairwise)
>     {
>         static assert(is(typeof(pair[0]) == string));
>         static assert(isPointer!(pair[1]));
>         assert(pair[1] !is null);
>
>         string desc = pair[0];
>         auto value = *pair[1];
>         writefln("%s %s: %s", typeof(value).stringof, desc, value);
>     }
> }

The easiest way is probably to iterate using indices with an increment of 2, e.g.:

static foreach(i; iota(0, args.length, 2))
{
    static assert(is(typeof(args[i]) == string));
    static assert(isPointer!(args[i+1]));

    // etc.
}

Another alternative is to write the function recursively:

void doByPair(T, Rest...)(string desc, T* valuePtr, Rest rest)
{
    writefln("%s %s: %s", T.stringof, desc, *valuePtr);
    if (rest.length) doByPair(rest);
}
September 15
On Wednesday, 12 September 2018 at 21:33:17 UTC, Paul Backus wrote:
> Another alternative is to write the function recursively:
>
> void doByPair(T, Rest...)(string desc, T* valuePtr, Rest rest)
> {
>     writefln("%s %s: %s", T.stringof, desc, *valuePtr);
>     if (rest.length) doByPair(rest);
> }

Rest... is genius, I don't know why it never struck me before.

My current solution doesn't support having chunks of varying sizes (ideally it would take 2 *or* 3), but the current use case is okay with just pairs for now. I imagine I could keep the same signature and just access a third argument with rest[0] and recursing on rest[1..$].

Many thanks!