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Why std::transform doesn't guarantee the order (but for_each guarantee the order)? Doesn't this allow trick implementation for performance?

This non-restrictive definition allows for parallel computing. An implementation may choose to apply transform function using several threads. See also related question: STL algorithms and concurrent programming

Think of it as a semantic difference in algorithms (that is, that represents programmer's intent rather than being just another tool). With for_each you state that you need a sequential scan. With transform you state that you only need to aply a function to every item in the container, but you don't care how it will be done.





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