[webkit-dev] Get rid of RefPtr, replace with std::optional<Ref>?

Brady Eidson beidson at apple.com
Fri Sep 1 09:30:36 PDT 2017

I recently worked on a patch where - because of the organic refactoring of the patch over its development - I ended up with a std::optional<Ref> instead of a RefPtr.

A followup review after it had already landed pointed this out, and it got me to thinking:

Does RefPtr do anything for us today that std::optional<Ref> doesn’t?

I kind of like the idea of replacing RefPtr with std::optional<Ref>. It makes it explicitly clear what object is actually holding the reference, and completely removes some of the confusion of “when should I use Ref vs RefPtr?"



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