From: Sebastian Redl (sebastian.redl_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-04-24 06:37:09
Jens Seidel wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 09:14:25AM +0400, Vladimir Prus wrote:
>> 1. Applications using 1.35.0 need not be changed at all.
> This means the API, the Application Program Interface, does not
> change (no changes in source code required).
This ought to be doable without too much trouble for minor releases.
>> 2. If application link to 1.35.0 as dynamic library, then
>> switching them to use 1.35.1 should not break anything.
> This means the ABI, the Application Binary Interface, does not
Since most of Boost's libraries are header-only, that's meaningless for
them. Mostly, anyway.
ABI compatibility is to be maintained by the compiled libraries
foremost, they would have to worry about this the most. It can be done
with a bit of understanding of the issues and some discipline.
The question is, is it worth it? Any application that uses a precompiled
Boost component probably uses other Boost components, too. As such, the
likelihood is high that upgrading Boost means recompiling the
application. Thus, keeping the ABI is kind of pointless.
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