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From: Jeremy Maitin-Shepard (jbms_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-03-23 02:45:24

Jeff Garland <jeff_at_[hidden]> writes:

> Jeremy Maitin-Shepard wrote:
>> "Kasun Indrasiri" <kasun147_at_[hidden]> writes: >

>> Thus, it is not clear what advantage a JSON-format archive would offer.
>> The most obvious use for JSON is for communicating with a program
>> written in JavaScript, but then it would be necessary to follow a
>> particular format so that the JavaScript program could do something
>> useful with the data, and therefore Boost Serialization is not the right
>> tool for the job.

> Programs written in C++ often need to inter communicate with programs written
> in other languages. Or they need to store data structures in a form that can
> be processed by programs written in another language. JSON is now a common
> format for doing this and has parsers any many languages. Last but not least,
> even if the program is all C++ some folks would prefer a recognizable and
> widely used format -- the serialization 'proprietary formats' don't qualify on
> that score.

There are already is the XML archive support, but that is still a
"Boost serialization proprietary format". Likewise, using JSON syntax
in place of XML would still result in a "Boost serialization proprietary

I'd certainly agree that JSON I/O facilities in C++ are useful, but I
don't think that then sticking Boost Serialization on top of those
facilities would be very useful.

Jeremy Maitin-Shepard

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