From: Terence Wilson (tez_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-04-15 12:33:48
No one had heard of Boost at my current employer even though they had
developed some pretty sophisticated generic code in house. The smart
pointers are now used by most of the group and I'm trying to leverage more-
the serialization library is a good candidate to wrap our proprietary
hierarchical storage. In a series of interviews recently only one of the
candidates had used Boost, he ended up getting the position. I can
understand users' skepticism, there are many half-baked libraries out there,
stalled, full of bugs and lacking good documentation.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: boost-bounces_at_[hidden]
> [mailto:boost-bounces_at_[hidden]] On Behalf Of Keith Burton
> Sent: Friday, April 15, 2005 9:45 AM
> To: boost_at_[hidden]
> Subject: RE: [boost] Re: Boost to the rescue
> My experience is even worse in that, even when the existence
> of Boost was pointed out one client point blank refused to
> consider using ( parts of ) Boost. 'Not invented here' gone
> mad but it keep me in work longer so perhaps I should not complain.
> Keith Burton
> Robert Ramey wrote:
> > My experience in this regard is surprising to me.
> > One of my motivations for writing the serialization library and
> > getting it accepted into boost was to add this to resume.
> I work as a
> > contract software developer and I felt this would be helpful in
> > getting more work. Eventually, I was successful in this
> quest and was
> > pleased to add this to my list of projects being completed.
> This was
> > expecially true due to the excruciatingly picky standards
> imposed by
> > the peer review process. When talking with prospective
> customers, I'm
> > please to point to the boost serialization library as a recent
> > accomplishment.
> > I'm amazed to discover that in only ONE single case have any of the
> > programmers, managers, etc ever even heard of boost. This
> group even
> > includes an ex head of the computer science department at a
> top tier
> > university !!!
> > When I first came upon boost, I was agog at the possibilities it
> > opened up. The utiliy and power of the whole was blindingly
> obvious to
> > to me. As I get older, I feel more and more disconnected from the
> > rest of to programming world.
> > I don't really have a point here - I just felt like responding.
> > oh well.
> > Robert Ramey
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