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digitalmars.D.bugs - [Issue 10650] New: std.bitmanip.FixedBitArray


           Summary: std.bitmanip.FixedBitArray
           Product: D
           Version: D2
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P2
         Component: Phobos
        AssignedTo: nobody puremagic.com
        ReportedBy: bearophile_hugs eml.cc

--- Comment #0 from bearophile_hugs eml.cc 2013-07-15 17:00:54 PDT ---
This is a struct with no defined constructor that uses a bit array of
statically known size:

import std.bitmanip: BitArray;
struct Foo {
    enum nBits = 1_024;
    size_t[nBits / size_t.sizeof] buffer;
    BitArray bitSet;
    bool isInitialized = false;

    void bar() /*pure nothrow*/ {
        if (!isInitialized) {
             bitSet.init(buffer, nBits);
             isInitialized = true;

        // .......
void main() {}

A statically known size is useful to reduce pressure a bit on the GC, to
increase cache locality, etc. So I suggest to introduce in std.bitmanip a
simple FixedBitArray based on BitArray that offers a simpler usage for
statically known sizes of bit arrays:

struct FixedBitArray(size_t nBits) {
    private size_t[nBits / size_t.sizeof + (nBits % size_t.sizeof) ? 1 : 0]

import std.bitmanip: FixedBitArray;
struct Foo {
    FixedBitArray!(1_024) bitSet;

    void bar() pure nothrow {
        // .......
void main() {}

An alternative name is "BoundedBitArray" as in the Ada 2012 bounded

An alternative is to modify BitArray to allow both usages nicely.

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