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From: Goran Mitrovic (gmit_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-09-28 03:32:27

David Abrahams <dave <at>> writes:

> We really need a section at the top of the page titled "What is Boost?"
> that covers something like the following:
> * Boost is a collection of C++ libraries
> - Free for any use
> - Extensively peer-reviewed
> - Extensively Tested

Would it be fair to also mention drawbacks of boost? I can currently think of
two of them: pretty large impact on compiling-time and, in the case of rare bugs
 or misunderstandings how things work, it's sometimes/often/mostly (some poll
could pick a realistic adjective) hard to peep in sources and see what's wrong -
there are sometimes too many layers (which is good from some perspectives), too
much usage of preprocessor (impressive design, but, the code is completely
unreadable, especially to beginners) and too much compiler workarounds (they are
good because you can compile, but they uglify the code, without a doubt).

As a suggestion, would it be possible to make a section in which it is
described, at least subjectively and somewhat imprecise, an impact of each
library on compiling-time.

P.S. Don't get me wrong; this wasn't written in attend of spitting towards
Boost. I'm a real happy Boost user. No, really. ;)

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