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From: Fernando Cacciola (fcacciola_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-09-18 12:46:08

----- Original Message -----
From: "Beman Dawes" <bdawes_at_[hidden]>
To: <boost_at_[hidden]>; <boost_at_[hidden]>
Sent: Wednesday, September 18, 2002 1:40 PM
Subject: Re: [boost] math & numerics in Boost

> At 08:55 PM 9/17/2002, Jason D Schmidt wrote:
> >... Plus, it would be great to see more numerical support in
> >the next standard of C++. C++ would gain a lot of users in the
> >science & engineering community if it added more numerical support
> >either in Boost or in the next standard.
> One thing to understand about the C++ Standard is that, like Boost, it is
> the work of volunteers.

And unlike Boost, those volunteers are so much willing to work that they
even pay for being able to colaborate :-)

> If no one steps forward to do the work, the work
> doesn't get done.
> There has been an increase over the last year or two in people on the
> committee (particularly in the Library Working Group) who are very
> interested in numerics. But the number of numericists (if that is a real
> word) is IMO still a bit below critical mass. Thus it would help if a few
> more would become active. If enough people interested in a domain become
> active, they can form a domain subgroup and make faster progress.
Enough interested people with enough money... :-)

My remark above is just to emphasize the impact of Boost on the
standardization process.
Anyone with sufficient skills, enough free time, and an internet connection
can collaborate indirectly through Boost; while OTOH, being on the committee
is a *privilege* for non USA/Europe citizens not because of technical
matters but because of economical constrains.

Fernando Cacciola
Sierra s.r.l.

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