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Subject: Re: [boost] [asio] very confusing title
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-08-11 10:55:18

DE wrote:
> when i personally see 'asio' i immediately think about
> steinberg technology asio
> which stands for 'audio stream i/o'
> so it's up to you of course
> just want you to know

Having never heard of what you mention, "asio" doesn't remind me of it, of course.

Terminology is often overloaded and this is just one example. Wikipedia's disambiguation page for "Asio" mentions a number of items, including Boost.Asio and your reference. The first page of Google hits for "asio" include all of the items on the disambiguation page.

There were 113,000 hits for "asio asynchronous."
There were 993,000 hits for "asio boost -audio."
There were 656,000 hits for "asio audio."
There were 3,190,000 hits for "asio owl."
There were 278,000 hits for "asio australia."

>From that, "asio" can be inferred to be an uncommon abbreviation for Asynchronous I/O, but Boost.Asio is widely referenced on the Internet. Perhaps "AsyncIO" would have been a better name, but "Boost.AsyncIO" is a mouthful.

I don't speak for the Boost.Asio author, but I doubt the name will change now.

Rob Stewart robert.stewart_at_[hidden]
Software Engineer, Core Software using std::disclaimer;
Susquehanna International Group, LLP

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