I have a template class that uses some boost functions in it's methods. Cause this class is template, it's method should be implemented in a header file. I use some using declarations to make code more readable:

namespace network { 
namespace v1 {
  namespace detail {
    using boost::phoenix::if_;
    using boost::for_each;
    /* some more functions */

    template <class T>
    class Some {
        Some() {
          for_each(inVector, /* some phoenix code */);
        vector<int> intVector;

  template <class T> using Some = detail::Some<T>;

Is it safe to use using in a header this way? I don't think somebody would ever use using namespace network::v1::detail; in a .cpp file, so I don't expect functions added to detail namespace would cause any name collisions. Am I wrong?

1 Answers

anderas On Best Solutions

Yes, it is safe. The using declarations only add the boost functions to the detail namespace. You basically answered your own question :-)

Edit: One more thought: Even if somebody were to use your detail namespace and the boost namespace at the same time, for_each etc. would still refer to the same function, so that the alias would not be a problem. If the names then collide with other libraries providing a for_each, you could still disambiguate the usage of the function by prefixing the namespace. But if nobody is usingyour namespace, you are fine.