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From: Paul Baxter (paul_baxter_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-03-30 14:32:38

> Why you choose to implement classes that integrates Boost to Python?

Why not?

Boost is a volunteer-driven group and as such is driven partially by the
needs and problems of its members.

Although a C++/Python interface may seem slightly esoteric, Dave and others
have had cause to develop some of the basics of the interface and then
worked tirelessly to improve the python interface library.

The fact that it is supported and enhanced within a peer-reviewed Boost
effort is to the benefit of the library and boost.

Although it may seem slightly esoteric for a notional 'extended standard
library', it is high quality and useful to a lot of people. Boost isn't just
about aims to extend the C++ standard libraries.

[I had/have some doubts about having the user support issues raised on a
single Boost mailing list particularly as there are a huge number of
messages each day, but at present this issue is still just about bearable.]

Python being a flexible, popular language can often benefit from C++'s extra
speed, while C++ benefits from the immediacy of using a python interpreter
or the cross-platform functionality that is often easier to prototype in

The library makes using the two together a much more satisfying and simple

Paul Baxter

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