From: R. Douglas Barbieri (doug_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-09-16 18:40:16
I'm new to this list and new to Boost as well. I wanted to just add my two
cents worth to your email. I was recommended to use the Boost libraries
via email correspondence with Bjarne Stroustrup. I asked him why there is
no reference-counted auto_ptr in the C++ standard, and he told me about
the smart_ptr.hpp library available in Boost.
I am using your shared_ptr<> template a lot these days (it works great for
vectors of smart pointers), and have recently discovered the power of
lexical_cast<>. I realize that I have only scraped the surface of this
marvelous library, but continue to learn more and more about it everyday.
Hence the reason why I signed up to the mailing list.
The fact that Boost is freely available means that I could integrate it
into our development library at work easily--the boss doesn't mind 'cause
it doesn't cost anything. :) So, it does not suprise me that many others
are using it--especially if Bjarne himself recommends it!
Thanks for making such a great library available!
On Sun, 16 Sep 2001, Beman Dawes wrote:
> Around the first of the year, www.boost.org was being visited by about
> 1,500 people a week. The boost_all files were being downloaded around 250
> times a week.
> Then we switched hosts, and stopped getting the weekly visit reports; the
> new host required a problematic setup I never go around to completing. A
> couple of weeks ago I finally completed the setup, and am now getting
> reports again.
> While last week obviously may have been totally atypical, the numbers are
> still interesting. Unique site visitors a week is now around
> 4,600. Downloads of boost_all.zip and boost_all.tar.gz total close to
> While I don't put a lot of faith in the specific numbers, the trend is
> still clear. More and more programmers are finding Boost, and downloading
> the libraries. That can't be just happenstance; people must actually be
> using our stuff and telling others about Boost:-)
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