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From: Howard Hinnant (hinnant_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-06-18 08:42:05

On Jun 18, 2008, at 7:03 AM, Paul A Bristow wrote:

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: boost-bounces_at_[hidden]
>> [mailto:boost-bounces_at_[hidden]] On Behalf Of Beman Dawes
>> Sent: 17 June 2008 12:41
>> To: Boost Developers Mailing List
>> Subject: [boost] [date-time][threads] Integrating C++0x
>> clocks, time points, and durations into Boost?
>> A slightly updated version of
>> was
>> accepted at the C++ committee meeting last week. It provides clocks,
>> time points, and time durations for the C++0x standard library, and
>> slightly modifies the threads interface already voted into
>> C++0x to use these features.
>> Although these clock and time features evolved from Boost
>> Date-Time, the
>> actual realization is quite different. So we've got a transition that
>> has to be managed. I'd personally like to see that transition occur
>> quickly, both because Boost.Threads depends on these features, and
>> because I can now bring forward an improved Boost.Timer based on
>> these
>> features.
> Even a cursory glance at (the convincing) N2615 makes it clear to me
> that standardizing something as fundamentally important as this
> without an implementation exposed to very many eyes and brains and
> real-life 'use in anger' is asking for trouble.
> So I agree that a Top Priority is to get a Boost implementation into
> use asap.
> (But I have no expertise or suggestions on how to achieve this).
> Sadly, the timing is wrong to get some GSoC manpower on this.

A public example implementation exists for this proposal (with only a
few minor details wrong such as it is using the wrong nested
namespace). However I'm hesitant to point people at it. It is a good
test of the wording to have an independent implementation. That will
expose ambiguities in the normative wording that otherwise may be
covered up. I'd love to see a boost implementation as well. Jeff's
on the beach this week (literally). :-)


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