C++ Complains about Converting 'int **' to 'const int **'
Recently when I was switching a project from C to C++, I found that C++ compilers do not allow converting int ** to const int ** , even with explicit cast.
After searching on the web and thinking, I think the underlying reason is that C++ does not allow converting const T * to T * , unless const_cast is used. Let's assume that a is of type const T ** , and b is of type T **. If we can assign the value of b to a , then we can make * b point to a const T variable by dereferencing a , without using const_cast . This violates the principles of C++.
One of the principles of C++ is that, if a programmer uses const_cast , he/she declares that the current conversion will do no harm to the programme; otherwise he/she may have not concerned about the possible danger brought by the current conversion, which is probably a bug. In the later case, the compiler must report an error to remind the programmer.