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From: Rogier van Dalen (rogiervd_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-04-16 05:45:28

On 4/15/05, JOAQUIN LOPEZ MU?Z <joaquin_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> Speaking of which, I've got the nasty feeling that
> a good portion of the C++ programming community have
> heard of Boost but don't use it because:
> 1. It's too big.
> 2. It's too hard to install.

I can see a point in #1; but "big" not only in terms of megabytes, but
also in terms of sheer number of libraries and functionality. Many
people will rather reinvent the few wheels they need rather than
getting a car with 50 wheels (i.e. Boost). However, from my
experience, as soon as you use one Boost library, you're kind of
hooked: you'll look at Boost for any new library you need.

I find installing Boost is pretty easy; but as long as one hasn't
tried it yet, Boost may look scarily big. There has been talk before
on something like "Boost Light". Combining concerns #1 and #2,
wouldn't it be a good idea to supply a small subset of boost
consisting of header-only libraries only?


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