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Subject: Re: [boost] [review] boost::convert
From: Michael Caisse (boost_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-04-27 20:14:42

On 04/27/2011 04:07 PM, Vladimir Batov wrote:
>> Jeroen Habraken<vexocide<at>> writes:
>> ...
> What I am trying to say is that with 'convert' I am trying to give some users
> *something* and to keep working to satisfy the needs of the remaining users who
> need more. You, on the other hand, seem to prefer rejecting 'convert' outright
> and giving everyone nothing. Do you really think it is constructive or
> beneficial for anyone?

I don't have an opinion on this library yet but hope to find time for a
review of it.

In the meantime, I thought I would comment on this statement. Variations
came up in both the bigint and locale reviews. As I'm sure you know,
Boost isn't just a collection of libraries. It strives to be a
collection of "expertly designed" libraries. I don't remember "it is
useful for some users" as being on the list of reasons to accept a
library into Boost. Plenty of perfectly usable libraries have been
rejected over the years simply because it could be better. I don't
recall "giving everyone nothing" as an argument in the past but it sure
has become popular recently.

>> Since he has abandoned the library I believe it is time for
>> someone to step up and take it to the next level.
> How well are you qualified to make statements of that sort? Have you actually
> talked to the author? Or is it merely your impression, opinion, etc? My take of
> the situation is different (after I talked to the author and the then
> maintainer, endured many days of discussions on the list, went through the pain
> of actually reimplementing what was seemingly within the reach in the form of
> lexical_cast).

In this same thread that you responded to a few weeks back the current
maintainer stated he no longer has time and is happy if someone else can
pick it up:


Clearly, that can mean different things to different people; however, if
the library has no maintainer and the community decides that the best
approach would be expanding lexical_cast to support these added
features, then it will happen.

Best regards -

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Michael Caisse
Object Modeling Designs

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