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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-10-27 14:14:46

The C++ committee has been meeting all week in Redmond, Washington, at the
Microsoft conference facility. A productive meeting, both from the
committee's standpoint and from the standpoint of Boost. The committee
continued processing defect reports, intensified discussions of the future
evolution of C++, and began considering new library features for the
Library Technical Report (which will eventually result in additions to the
next standard.) Several Boosters attended the committee meetings for the
first time, and were able to contribute nicely to the process.

The work of the Boost group has generated a great deal of respect from the
committee members. Many of the compiler vendors are starting to include
the Boost libraries in their testing. Bill Kempf's presentation on
Boost.Threads to the Library Working Group (LWG) was right on target and
was very well received. Boost's proposals for new standard library
features for the TR faired well in general.

This is the first meeting that the LWG has actually consider library
extension proposals, so it is still groping for the exact criteria to be
used to determine if a proposal is within the scope of the TR. A major
criteria seems to be just how many people will find the proposed addition
useful. Something perceived to be widely useful to many people, assuming
it meets the other criteria, is obviously of interest. Libraries useful to
some users, but maybe not a huge number of users, will have to present some
compelling justification.

Over the next few days, I'll try to post a brief description of the
reaction to each of the Boost libraries presented to the LWG.


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