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Subject: Re: [boost] Library for configuration file parsing
From: Denis Shevchenko (for.dshevchenko_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-11-29 01:48:23

On 28.11.2010 05:24, Hal Finkel wrote:
> I think a library for configuration-file parsing would be quite
> useful. There are may use cases where an embedded scripting language
> is best, but I think there are also many for which a dedicated
> configuration-file-parsing library is superior. -Hal
Hi, Hal!

If you want - see Configurator's page: Unfortunately, full
user's guide is not ready yet, but examples explain almost all.

On 28.11.2010 12:07, Bjørn Roald wrote:
> Both program options and serialization provide that to some degree.
One thing - what library can do, and another thing - what it is
intended. I adhere to the principle "One task - one library". That's why
I like to use Boost-libraries. As far as I can see the documentation,
Boost.Serialization is certainly not designed for work with a
configuration file.

> I think program options lacks some of the desired flexibility for
> structure, necessity and validation, but that could possibly be added
> rather than making an all new library which will be confusing me and
> others even more.
Well, Bjørn, I think it's a question for Vladimir Prus, not for me. :-)

Some time ago I started to use Program_options, but later the
possibility of a simple INI-like file was not enough for my programs. I
had no purpose to create own solution, so I started looking for a ready
free library for configuration file parsing (moreover, it should not be
GPL-solution, because it needs me for commercial use). And since I could
not find a library corresponding to the principles of simplicity
(easy-to-learn and easy-to-use), I decided to create own library under
MIT Licence. And when the library has been successful (imho), I decided
to determine the interests in it there, in Boost.

- Denis

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