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Subject: Re: [boost] 5 Observations - My experience with the boost libraries
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-03-24 08:42:36

Stefan Seefeld wrote:
> On 03/24/2010 08:25 AM, Stewart, Robert wrote:
> > Tom Brinkman wrote:
> >> In any event, my point is that c++ exception handeling should
> >> be optional. Boost libraries need to be updated to reflect this.
> >>
> > I already agreed that more could be done in that direction
> and suggested that you should try to push those ideas into
> the existing and future libraries.
> I strongly disagree on this. Wasn't one perceived drawback of
> Boost its use of macros ? The main reason for the use of
> macros seems to me to be to work around deficient compilers,
> i.e. portability. If you really want to promote the idea of
> making standard C++ features optional, you are getting even
> more macros and convoluted logic to satisfy all those
> different needs.

I was referring to the approach espoused by Boost.System.

> I don't think Boost needs more variability and flexibility.
> I'd actually favor cleaning it up by removing support for
> obsolete platforms and tools.

I can't argue with that, in general. When support is dropped for the platforms I need, I'll have a different opinion, of course.

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

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