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This worked example was in fact excessively complex: a quicker route to achieving the same thing would be to add explicit converting constructors to app::error_code for each of the third party library E types. One then could have saved oneself with having to bother injecting custom converters into the BOOST_OUTCOME_V2_NAMESPACE::convert namespace. If you control your application’s E type, then that is probably a better, and certainly simpler, approach.

However there are occasions when you don’t have control over the implementation of the destination E type e.g. in callbacks. Outcome’s ValueOrError infrastructure lets you inject custom interop code for any pair of incommensurate third party E types, without needing to modify either’s source code.

This is without doubt a “power users” feature, but one which will prove useful as T|E based C++ code proliferates.

Last revised: February 11, 2019 at 13:38:04 UTC

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