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From: Hartmut Kaiser (hartmut.kaiser_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-01-29 22:18:42

Andy Little wrote:

> > normally, the review period of the Fixed Strings library written by
> > Reece Dunn ended today. All we got so far are 3 reviews,
> which is too
> > less to make a proper decision. I really would like to
> encourage you
> > to submit a review for this library to get a representative result.
> > For this reason I'ld like to extend the review period for
> another week
> > until February 5th to allow for more reviews. I'm convinced, that a
> > Fixed Strings library would make a good addition to Boost
> and in the
> > end it should be useful to a lot more of people than to the
> 3 of us who send in a review.
> A Fixed Strings library but this one? .

If you read my mail carefully - I never said 'this one'.

> What interests me is
> that the fixed_string library is way ahead as the top
> download in the Vault download list, but few reviewers have
> resulted. I feel the mystery can be explained by the reviews
> so far. looking through them we have all said pretty much the
> same thing. Surprise that there is no overflow policy.
> Concern at the lack of detail in the documentation and the
> way the documentation and the class itself are laid out.
> IOW as currently implemented fixed_string isnt delivering
> what it seems to promise. I hope Reece takes this in his
> stride by the way . I would guess that has to be the reason
> why so many downloads have resulted in so little response. It
> must be worth analysing that lack of response as a first step
> in revisiting the design.

As you might have expected, I read through the reviews _very_ carefully.

There are two reasons, why I proposed to extend this review.
1) The library was downloaded by more than 400 interested people and I don't
expect the 3 reviews to represent all of them.
2) Even if the currently reviewed library won't be accepted to Boost mainly
for the reasons stated by the three reviews, I think we need a Fixed Strings
library in Boost and the more dicussion we get the better for a future

Regards Hartmut

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