From: Hendrik Schober (SpamTrap_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-05-25 08:58:27
Jason Earl <Jason_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> However in the case of Boost, it's target audience is not your average
> client / dumb computer user. It's aimed at professional C++ programmer.
> If a C/C++ programmer is expected to understand things like memory
> management / allocation concepts and policies, then they shouldn't have
> any problem with using a shell. After all anyone with experience with
> Unix will realise how of an advantage a shell is in terms of
> flexibility when it comes to deploying stuff with scripts etc.
There are millions of C++ users out there who
almost never have the need to use a command
line tool. Still, many of them are doing very
professional work. They see the advantage of
their IDE over your arcane command line and
you'd be just amazed to see how they do their
work using it as they would be seeing you
C++ programmers are expected to learn a lot
more than memory etc. They need to learn the
language extensions/tweaks necessary for their
job, 3rd-party APIs, other libs they need to
use, build systems, in-house style guides, new
languages how to circumvent bugs in their tools...
To many, using command line tools is just one
of many things they'd love to learn to do
better one day -- and never find the time to
actually do so. When you're rushing from
deadline to deadline you're just looking at
the stuff you need for your next project and
sigh because it's just a tenth of what you'd
like to look at. On Windows, using command
line tools isn't within this tenth for many
professionals. And for those, installing
boost is a hassle.
You might say you'Re fine with that and this
is OK with me. Just don't diss programmers
that don't use command line tools in their
daily work. And don't suppose boost is easy
to setup if for those. It's not.
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