[LLVMdev] LLVMBuilder vs LLVMFoldingBuilder
dom.hamon at gmail.com
Wed Apr 2 09:54:05 PDT 2008
Hello llvm dev peeps
I would like to use an LLVMBuilder pointer as a base pointer to
reference either an LLVMBuilder or an LLVMFoldingBuilder. As the methods
in the Folding builder have the same names as the base class, I thought
about submitting a patch whereby the base class methods would become
virtual. However, the base class methods return specific types while the
Folding builder, for good reason, return more general Value* types.
Would it be reasonable for me to submit a patch whereby the LLVMBuilder
methods also return the general Value* type and the LLVMFoldingBuilder
methods become virtual overrides of the base class methods?
Users (such as myself) could then decide at runtime which type of
builder they wish to use.
Another option that was discussed in #llvm is to nuke LLVMBuilder and
rename LLVMFoldingBuilder to LLVMBuilder. If this was the case, I'd
argue for a flag in the Builder that could retain the old non-folding
functionality for debugging purposes.
Your thoughts please?
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