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Subject: Re: [boost] [convert] Boost.Convert Library Review
From: Paul A. Bristow (pbristow_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-05-03 08:28:34

> -----Original Message-----
> From: boost-bounces_at_[hidden] [mailto:boost-bounces_at_[hidden]]
> On Behalf Of Thomas Heller
> Sent: Monday, May 02, 2011 6:38 PM
> To: boost_at_[hidden]
> Subject: Re: [boost] [convert] Boost.Convert Library Review
> On Monday, May 02, 2011 07:12:14 PM Paul A. Bristow wrote:
> > Does not make much sense to me either - BUT
> >
> > > > OTOH, the functionality exposed by convert is much needed and has
> > > > to make it into Boost somehow.
> >
> > Strongly agree. We are missing out while trying to find the ideal
> >
> > So I'd favour accepting Boost.Convert, but being prepared to fairly
> > quickly deprecate/supersede it in favour of
> >
> > * A new version of lexical_cast which does take more arguments.
> I strongly disagree here.

> The boost.convert interface is broken by design! It should not be accepted
as it is right now.

I'm sure you are right - this is not the best solution. I feel it 'sort of
works' but is wacky/nasty.

But we have been lacking *any* solution for far too many years.

Expert Boosters have expressed views on user acceptability, but the real
test is use 'in anger' by real users.

We won't get more than speculation until we get real feedback.

I just don't want the problem kicked into the long grass again!


Paul A. Bristow,
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