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Subject: Re: [boost] Breaking existing libraries
From: Tomas Puverle (Tomas.Puverle_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-11-21 12:06:06

Hey Stephen,

This is a extremely well written and reasoned post and I can't help
but I agree with every point you made.

> As for breaking existing use cases, this will cause us to stay at the
> last release that meets our needs until the beginning of a new major
> release cycle on our side, unless there's some other feature that
> compels us to deal with the breaking change mid-cycle.

In my previous position, I worked in the firm's infrastructure group,
where we
wrote and maintained libraries that were the "standard library" of the
firm on which other apps/libraries were built. Given the size of the
base (in the thousands), it is simply unthinkable to rebuild the world
of a new release of boost. The current version is 1.33.1 and that's
unlikely to change for a while. Finding debilitating bugs/changes in
a new release makes people even less likely to want to move. This is
bad for boost, too, as you lose not only direct boost users/testers,
but also the feedback that developers send back to their
library vendors.

> Open-source status gives you champions in the development pit
> but it doesn't change management's priorities.

Nor should it make one forget that even though grateful for your
there's only as much pain as people are willing to go through.


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