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From: Corwin Joy (cjoy_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-06-24 13:15:35

----- Original Message -----
From: "David Abrahams" <david.abrahams_at_[hidden]>
To: <boost_at_[hidden]>
Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2001 1:07 PM
Subject: Re: [boost] Re: Question about leading underscores

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <rwgk_at_[hidden]>
> > In view of the messages in this thread, and in view of our
> > own experience, wouldn't it be better to strictly avoid the use
> > of leading underscores in the boost library? It is a very low
> > price to pay, compared to the trouble one has to go through
> > if some unfortunate compiler's use of identifiers conflicts
> > with that of the library.
> I am certainly coming to that conclusion. When we established a coding
> standard at my job recently, we chose the leading-underscore convention,
> in light of recent boost messages I am strongly advising a switch to "m_".
> BTW, I am beginning to wonder if it's worth having a "suggested coding
> standards" document. I have put considerable effort into the
> boost-compatible coding standards we're using at work. Clearly it would be
> overkill for boost to mandate some of the nitpicky things in our standard,
> but it sometimes helps to have some guidelines when you're trying to
> whether to write something one way or another.
> -Dave

I think a suggesting coding standards document is a great idea. Obviously,
trying to direct a group like this is like herding cats, but if there is a
style it would at least allow people that *want* to write code that is
compatible to do so.


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