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From: Dean Calver (deano_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-07-18 13:48:58

I vote YES as guidelines in principle, but NO if a library would be rejected
purely on the basis of not fitting the guidelines.

For the very big libraries that Boost has 'acquired' several times now,
requiring a complete change in style and/or interface purely to fit some
guidelines seems pointless.

Perhaps (as others have suggested) clearly marking which are REQUIRED (like
macro naming) and which are guidelines.

But overall I think the guidelines will help, both users and writers of the
libraries, so it has to be a good thing.


Dean Calver,
Lead Programmer,
Creature Labs

----- Original Message -----
From: <williamkempf_at_[hidden]>
To: <boost_at_[hidden]>
Sent: Monday, July 16, 2001 9:59 PM
Subject: [boost] Re: Review: Boost Coding Guidelines

> --- In boost_at_y..., "Mark Rodgers" <mark.rodgers_at_c...> wrote:
> > I feel we should reject this since I don't feel it is appropriate
> for
> > Boost to mandate some of the things in these guidelines. The
> > implementation of a Boost library is really up to the discretion of
> > the submitter; if they happen to prefer foo_ to m_foo, then who are
> > we to argue?
> >
> > I realise that this is not the intention of the "guidelines", and
> > they are merely supposed to be suggestions, but I don't think they
> > will be seen that way.
> I feel we should accept the guidelines. The document clearly states
> that the intent isn't to force a style on submitted libraries.
> However, having a Boost sanctioned guideline makes the code much
> easier to read and maintain if a library does follow some consistent
> style, not only with itself but with other Boost libraries as well.
> We can't hope to do this, however, unless there's an "official"
> suggestion for Boost.
> Further, one goal of the Boost libraries is for them to be considered
> in future drafts of the standard. It will be much easier on the
> comittee if any submissions are implemented in a style consistent
> with the style used by the standard itself. Yes, some of the
> implementation details such as names of private data members won't
> mean much to the committee, but the public interface will.
> Bill Kempf
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