From: Ed Brey (brey_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-03-18 09:32:12
I'd like to thank those who took time to review the update to the Boost I/O Library during the review period, which ended several days ago. The reviewers raised important questions about the usefulness of the new portions of the library.
As review manager, I am pending my determination regarding acceptance until Daryle has had opportunity to respond to the reviewers' questions. In particular, there are a few very important high level questions, mostly having to do with general rationale for libraries. These questions are summarized below.
- Why are these facilities provided? What are their uses? What do they do better than the Standard Library's current classes?
- Is there a real-life application? (If none, then the class should be made into an example or regression test.)
- Why newl? When and why does the user use newl? endl? '\n'? Why is a third option justified? (Presumably, much of the wisdom behind the choice can be drawn from literature that inspired the creation of newl.)
- Why not other control functions, e.g. tab?
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