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From: Hubert HOLIN (Hubert.Holin_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-07-16 08:13:54

Somewhere in the E.U., le 16/07/2002


                I would find the following useful: a table which gave for each
compiler deficiency of importance to us, and for each boost-supported
compiler the information of whether the deficiency is present or not.

                In other words, something like (one table per platform):

                                      MCWPro8 Gcc2.95 GCC3.02

                We can, or rather should, be able to get this information from reading
the headers, but this whould be clearer and easier to use (if
politically incorrect :-) ).

                A similar layer for the library aspect (BOOST_NO_STDC_NAMESPACE...)
would be nice also but more complex (several libraries per compiler), so
perhaps less usefull.

                This also raises a question: do we, or should we, have a battery of
tests for detecting those deficiencies we care about? It seems to me
that these macros are defined or not more or less as we request them, as
we get bitten by the deficiencies. I do not advocate that the resulting
config files be automatically built from these tests (there are always
some unique compiler quirks, after all...), but at least then we would
stand a fighting change of not forgeting some.


                        Hubert Holin

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