Scott Meyers Video – Universal References

Scott Meyers posted a video of his Universal References presentation from C++ and Beyond 2012. There’s also an article on the subject in the ACCU magazine Overload Issue 111, but I found the video much clearer (and more entertaining).

Meyers coined the term ‘Universal References’ for instances where the type of a variable or parameter is declared T&& and where T is a deduced type. It may look like an rvalue-reference, but it can also match lvalue-references:


so it’s usually a mistake to overload on both T&& and const T& in a template function. Another key point is that, whereas an overload with an rvalue-reference would call std::move (e.g. a move constructor where T is not deduced), an overload with a universal-reference should call std::forward (because you don’t yet know if it’s an rvalue- or lvalue-reference):


He also summarises the reference-collapsing rules as “lvalue-references are infectious”, a handy mnemonic from Stephan T. Lavavej.

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  1. Pingback: Going Native 2013 – Effective C++11/14, Scott Meyers | musingstudio

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