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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-11-06 11:43:39

Various Boost libraries were proposed to the C++ standards committee's
Library Working Group (LWG) at the Redmond meeting for inclusion in the
upcoming Library Technical Report (TR). What follows is my recollection of
the reaction by the LWG to the Smart Pointer proposal.

* No one questioned the need for additional smart pointers in the standard
library, or questioned their usefulness. That might happen later, but it
wasn't an issue at this meeting.

* Much of the discussion revolved around the differences between Boost's
simple pre-configured smart pointers and highly configurable smart pointers
Andrei Alexandrescu's Loki policy driven smart pointer.

Some of the people in the room weren't familiar with the Boost smart
pointers, some weren't familiar with the Loki smart pointer class, or the
idea of policy classes, and some weren't familiar with either Boost or

The discussion sidetracked into language extensions, particularly typedef
templates, and named template parameter arguments.

With only a half-hour late in the day allotted for smart pointer
discussion, I didn't do a good job presenting. It sounded too much like
Boost smart pointers versus Loki smart pointers, and that wasn't my intent.

I had a private conversation with Andrei afterwards, and he and I are in
general agreement on a vision for standard library smart pointers. I'll
post a separate message detailing that within the next few days.


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