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Subject: Re: [boost] boost::log review (printf style api)
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-03-15 08:26:56

Vladimir Batov wrote:
> > From: "Tom Brinkman" <reportbase2007_at_[hidden]>
> > This boost::log library should not be approved without a simple
> > "C" friendly api. That being a printf style api.
> I second that. If we want the library to be anything beyond an
> academic toy, it has to be practical and deployed, it should to
> be easy to retrofit such new library into *existing*
> projects. The ovewhelming majority of the projects I've been
> involved in use printf-style formating for logging. On a large
> scale the std::stream-style formatting failed miserably and
> programmers (well, at least those I worked with) voted with
> their feet/hends/whatever.

Steven noted support for Boost.Format, so this library effectively supports streaming and printf-style formatting. I'll add that our own long lived logging API supports both styles and both are used regularly, often by the same developer. Consequently, while I think Tom over generalizes from his specific experiences, it is valuable to have efficient support for both formatting styles.

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

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