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Subject: Re: [boost] namespace boost?
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-01-18 09:50:58

Denis Shevchenko wrote:
> In addition, I think that a single standard of namespaces
> should be combined with a single standard of .hpp files
> location in main 'boost' directory.


> IMHO, simple libraries (such boost::mem_fn or
> boost::lexical_cast) which consist of a single .hpp file can
> (or must) be placed in main 'boost' directory, so user can
> write:
> #include <boost/mem_fn.hpp>


The single header libraries still have documentation and tests which should all fall into library-specific subdirectories of their respective parents.

As noted elsewhere, boost/mem_fn.hpp can still exist, but it should simply include boost/<library>/mem_fn.hpp even though the latter may be the only header in boost/<library>.

Not only does this follow a consistent pattern, but it also leaves room for later additions should they appear.

> For more complex libraries, all .hpp files must be placed in own
> directory (like boost::ptr_container), so user writes:
> #include <boost/ptr_container/ptr_container.hpp>


Furthermore, the directory and namespace names should be identical. Thus, boost/ptr_container provides code in boost::ptr_container.

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

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