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From: Reece Dunn (msclrhd_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-12-17 15:44:55

Paul A. Bristow wrote:

>| [mailto:boost-bounces_at_[hidden]]On Behalf Of Reece Dunn
>| Subject: [boost] Output Formatters
>| There has been recent discussion about the similarity between
>| and display. In response to this I have implemented an experimental data
>| input mechanism for text-based systems in my library:
>Sorry if I am half blind/ inefficient with CVS, but I could not find this

Oops! The file is:

>| I have several questions:
>| [1] Is there a demand for input support of complex/sequential data types
>| from a stream?
>Yes, IMO.

Cool! I shall work on it, and let you know what I come up with.

>| [snip]

>| Aside from this addiion, do people feel that my library is ready for

>Looks promising to me, but I can see that a 'merger' with serialization may
>prove attractive longer-term.

The problem is that my library is tied into the I/O stream library and is
thus a text-based serialization system. For people who want efficient and/or
binary serialization, you would need to go elsewhere.

As far as I can tell serialization libraries like Robert Ramey's are not
built into the C++ I/O library (for efficiency). I may be wrong on this, and
will check up on it.

My feeling is that serialization will split into text-based systems that are
tied into the I/O stream library (like my library) and binary-based systems
that aren't.

Reece H Dunn

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