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From: Cliff Green (cliffg_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-07-21 18:09:55

I've only quickly scanned the POCO web page, but it
appears that there is quite a bit of overlap with Boost
(and will be even more overlap in the future). In

- Threading (existing in Boost, with upcoming
- Network programming (Asio, in upcoming release)
- Streams, Filesystem (FS and Iostreams already in Boost)
- Shared libraries, loading (talked about but not in
- Logging, error reporting (submitted but rejected,
promised for future Boost review)
- Security (not sure if any overlap with Boost)
- XML parsing (talked about, urgently needed in Boost,
- Configuration file, options handling (Program Options
already in Boost, Property Tree in future release)

It might be interesting to compare interfaces,
functionality, and semantics, however. Or see if parts of
the POCO components should be reworked as needed and
submitted for review to be part of Boost.

ACE is a very mature, capable, and well-tested set of
libraries (despite the initial appearance of some web
pages). It has some real advantages (and some
disadvantages, mostly dealing with it's age, since it's
vintage is close to 15 years). I and others have made
comments and given short overviews of ACE in previous
Boost postings, so a search through the Boost archives
would help. ACE and Boost are quite different in
interfaces and approach, so there's not much (if any) mix
and match between the two (parallel co-existence works
just fine, as I can attest to from experience).


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