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From: Andy Little (andy_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-12-10 16:32:25

"Victor A. Wagner Jr." wrote


> Sorry guys, I think this is one of the worst times to try to get
> volunteers to do anything, let alone a serious job of reviewing a new
> library. IMO, it doesn't matter if the library is perfect, there are
> enough of us< who understand the problems thoroughly, who just won't
> be able to cobble together the time to do an honest review.
> So, given that I can't review it, I'll vote NO now (I can't vote YES
> on anything I haven't read (in stark contrast to the entire House of
> Representatives in the U.S. Congress)).

Its always a bad time for someone though isnt it?
I feel quite strongly that an abstention would surely be more appropriate in
that case, especially given the fact that the number of reviewers for the last
few reviews have been in single figures, so your No vote might add up to 25% of
the total vote. Therefore I hope you will reconsider that decision. I sincerely
believe that boost should be bending over backwards now to persuade
knowledgeable boost memebers to contribute to these reviews. (If the level of
interest does not increase then I reckon that The writing is on the wall for C++
in the long term) I have spent some short time looking at the documentation
for Boost.Asio and though I dont know much about the subject, it seems to me
that a large amount of work has gone into this library. Networking is one of
the areas in which C++ is well behind other languages. From my own experience
of writing libraries I know that feedback good or bad is often what makes the
difference between life and death for a library. I think it is now widely
acknowledged that C++ main weakness compared with Java is its lack of standard
libraries. Please therefore find the time to do a short review and help make the

Andy Little

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