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ways to get the max&min value of a Freeze map index?

peterlspotpeterlspot Member Peter LauOrganization: SelfProject: Study
Dear pals,

Just wonder if there r any C++ API to retrieve the current maximum and minimum values of a particular index field in a freeze map?

Suppose there is students map based on the following SLICE:
class Student
int id;
string name;

and the corresponding freeze map is indexed on the field "id".

Is there any ways to find out the current min & max values of the "id" field stored in the student map.



  • matthewmatthew NL, CanadaMember Matthew NewhookOrganization: ZeroC, Inc.Project: Internet Communications Engine ✭✭✭
    Indexed fields will generate additional methods. From the Ice manual:
    iterator findByMEMBER(MEMBER_TYPE, bool = true); 
    const_iterator findByMEMBER(MEMBER_TYPE, bool = true) const; 
    iterator lowerBoundForMEMBER(MEMBER_TYPE); 
    const_iterator lowerBoundForMEMBER(MEMBER_TYPE) const; 
    iterator upperBoundForMEMBER(MEMBER_TYPE); 
    const_iterator upperBoundForMEMBER(MEMBER_TYPE) const; 
    std::pair<iterator, iterator> 
    std::pair<const_iterator, const_iterator> 
    equalRangeForMEMBER(MEMBER_TYPE) const; 
    int MEMBERCount(MEMBER_TYPE) const; 

    You should also check issue 11 of our newsletter connections which has an article on these methods.

    Following, assuming that you also set the sort function to less<int> then to find the lowest id you could do:


    which will return an iterator to either the record with id 0, or the first record after this. In either case, assuming you never store records with an id < 0 then you are all set :)

    Unfortunately, computing the biggest id is more difficult. You might think you could use upperBoundForId:


    However, since you cannot iterate backwards with a freeze map iterator (they are not bidirectional iterators) then this return value does you no good.

    Some alternate solutions to help:
    - You could create another id field id2 that contains an identical id, index upon that and sort in the opposite direction (greater<int>). Then lowerBoundForId2(MAX_INT) would find the biggest id.
    - You could create a dummy record and sort the biggest id in that field and use lowerBoundForId to find the lowest.
    - You could compute the biggest and smallest on startup and cache them during the application run.

    All things being equal likely the last is the simplest solution.
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