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Gabriel de Grimouard Gabriel de Grimouard - 8 months ago 65
C++ Question

C++17 fold expression in cout

I am learning the new c++17 fold expression and I saw this code from c++17 fold expression. I would like to know why this code work :

template<typename ...Args>
void printer(Args&&... args) {
(std::cout << ... << args) << '\n';

but not this one :

template<typename ...Args>
void printer(Args&&... args) {
(std::cout << args << ...) << '\n';

which could seems logic too and would reverse the print order in my opinion.


As seen on cppreference, binary folds can have the following two forms:

Screenshot from cppreference/fold

Where E is the pack expression and I is the initialization expression.

There is no binary fold that matches your (std::cout << args << ...), which has the form of (I op E op ...).