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From: Edward Diener (eddielee_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-08-02 09:25:07

Pedro Lamarão wrote:
> Aaron W. LaFramboise wrote:
>>Asynchronous socket support: Finding a way to represent asynchronosity,
>>that works with diverse coding styles, meshes with existing interfaces,
>>and doesn't monopolize control flow away from foreign components, is the
>>most important feature needed for a standards-track sockets proposal.
>>Please do not consider submitting this library for review without this.
>> I expect that the work of creating this interface, in a form that
>>addresses everyone's diverse needs, will dwarf the amount of effort
>>required to create a synchronous socket streambuf. This is not a
>>feature that can be tacked on later: it is essential to the design.
> There are many networking applications where synchronous operation is
> quite suficient. Most of these can use threading to deal with concurrent
> connections satisfactorily.
> I don't think it's particularly useful to hold a library that fulfills
> these needs in order to achieve the holy grail of C++ IO. One thing at a
> time.

Any networking library which does not have non-blocking asynchronous support for
network I/O is, IMO, doomed to general non-use. But go ahead and create one if
you like and see how many end-users adopt it for their networking needs.

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