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Subject: Re: [boost] 5 Observations - My experience with the boost libraries
From: David Bergman (David.Bergman_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-03-25 21:23:12

Good one, Scott ;-)

Yeah, I also thought that some of the idea of sustainable software was to, well, modularize code and distinguish interface from implementation...


On Mar 25, 2010, at 7:54 PM, Scott McMurray 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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