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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-04-23 18:10:45

At 02:15 PM 4/23/2001, jimh_datagrove_com_at_[hidden] wrote:

>Using the boost scheme of forcing string functions like strlen into
>std breaks existing code that merely includes a boost header.
>I use MSVC, which does not put strlen in std namespace (even using

Microsoft has said that they are fixing that in 7.0.

  I suppose this is evil, but is there a good justification
>for "fixing" this at the cost of making it miserable to use boost
>with MSVC code?

Do you have a better workaround? In another message you suggest:

>Boost could instead import functions it wants into its own namespace:
>namespace boost
>#if cstring_not_in_std
> using ::strlen;
> using std::strlen;

But that penalizes the users of standard conforming compilers, and
continues to impact even one MSVC starts to conform in a few months. Boost
developers often bend over backward to accommodate MSVC, but not at that
kind of cost.

If someone can come up with a better workaround, great! But it shouldn't
be something that has a big impact on users of standard conforming
libraries and compiler, IMO.


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