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Support for C++11 alias template #3272

McSinyx opened this issue Dec 16, 2019 · 0 comments

Support for C++11 alias template #3272

McSinyx opened this issue Dec 16, 2019 · 0 comments


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@McSinyx McSinyx commented Dec 16, 2019

I want to discuss on the support for the alias template, which was added to C++11.

Currently, the type alias (using identifier = type_id) is supported using the ctypedef type_id identiffier syntax, thanks to the semantic similarity between the two (one source I can find is subsection 2.1, proposal n1489). C++ attributes is not supported but it doesn't seem to have any meaning in Cython context anyway.

What is missing is an equivalent declaration for C++11's

template <template_parameter_list>
using identifier = type_id; 

which I propose to be ctypedef type_id = identifier[template_parameter_list] for consistency with the current C++ class and function template which are currently supported by Cython at the moment. For example, in <type_traits>,

template <class T>
using remove_reference_t = typename remove_reference<T>::type;

could be written in Cython as ctypedef remove_reference[T].type remove_reference_t[T].

I am unsure how this can be achieved.

This issue might be a part of #2130.

Edit: for extern declaration, would the following be sufficient?

cdef extern from '<type_traits>' namespace 'std' nogil:
    cdef cppclass remove_reference_t[T]:
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