Move Semantices and Unique pointers

take-away points:

  1. for some stl container, if passing by rvalue, it will call move constructor.
    vector v;
    v.push_back(string("hello"));   // pass rvalue, call move constructor
    string s("hello");
    v.push_back(move(s));           // element of v takes ownership of v and set s to be null. 
  2. unique pointers and shared pointers.
    It’s encouraged to use smart pointers, when doing memory allocation. so we don’t need to worry about memory leak when it goes out of scope.
  3. unique ptr: exclusive ownership; shared ptr: shared ownership.
  4. for shared ptr: delete happens when last ptr that owns the object goes out of scope

Source: Lesson #5: Move Semantics


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