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From: Miro Jurisic (macdev_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-10-18 23:37:31

In article <cl1tqh$qp$1_at_[hidden]>, "Erik Wien" <wien_at_[hidden]> wrote:

> Hi. I am in the process of planning a library for handling unicode strings
> in C++, and would like to probe the interest in the boost community for
> something like that. I read through the unicode dicussion that was up back
> in april, and from what I could gather there was some amount of interest,
> but no one felt comfortable taking on the task as of yet.

I think that's a fair summary.

> I am hoping to be able to run this project as my Bachelor's Thesis in
> Computer Engineering (Not sure if that is the correct translation from
> Norwegian.) and if it gets approved by my college, myself and two other
> programmers will spend one semester working exclusively on this. (of course
> in collaboration with the boost community) At the end of that semester I
> hope the library (Or at least parts of it) will be in such a state it can
> submitted for review by boost.

In addition to all the things you would normally consider when preparing a boost
submission (e.g., whether there is interest) and all the things you would
normally consider when writing a bachelor's thesis (e.g., whether you can
complete it on time), you should think about some of the possible interactions
between boost and thesis:

1. Is the boost license compatible with copyright and intellectual property
requirements of your school? (It's best not to assume; most schools have a
specific policy about this.)

2. If the boost review process begins after you graduate, which of the three of
you will be responsible for interacting with boost? It's clear from your message
you have interest in boost, but you should to be prepared to take on the
participation in the review process in case your collaborators decide they want
to do something else after they graduate.


I don't want to sound discouraging, but I do want to point out that the
completion of your thesis and the submission to boost should be decoupled so
that you don't make your life more stressful than necessary.

Besides that point, my only question right now is when we can see the
preliminary proposal :-)


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