Chapter 25

Tuples

Throughout this book we often use homogeneous containers and array-like types to illustrate the power of templates. Such homogeneous structures extend the concept of a C/C++ array and are pervasive in most applications. C++ (and C) also has a nonhomogeneous containment facility: the class (or struct). This chapter explores tuples, which aggregate data in a manner similar to classes and structs. For example, a tuple containing an int, a double, and a std::string is similar to a struct with int, double, and std::string members, except that the elements of the tuple are referenced positionally (as 0, 1, 2) rather than through names. The positional interface and the ability to easily construct a tuple from a typelist make tuples ...

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