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Subject: Re: [boost] 5 Observations - My experience with the boost libraries
From: Tom Brinkman (reportbase2007_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-03-25 20:20:39

All valid points.

These are good points to use when you get some push back to using a
complicate, otherwise hard to explain and understand library.

I just get quiet and shrug my shoulders.

On Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 4:54 PM, Scott McMurray <[hidden]> wrote:
> On 23 March 2010 14:11, Tom Brinkman <reportbase2007_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> If it takes more than a day to examine a libraries source code and
>> have some idea what its doing, its very dangerous to use.
> What about, for example, compression or security libs?  I don't know
> how libjpeg works.  I couldn't explain bz2's text compression scheme.
> I have no interest in the details of H.264 codecs.  I can't tell you
> what encryption scheme SSL uses.  Does that mean I shouldn't use any
> of them?
> Very often the whole point of using the libraries is that you don't
> know how they do what they do, since you don't want to and shouldn't
> have to.
> I'm really not worried that I would get lost in a chip layout diagram
> for all the hundreds of millions of transistors in my processor.
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