Subject: [boost] [Review] Boost.Endian by BEman Dawes starts today
From: Joel Falcou (joel.falcou_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-09-05 11:28:30
According to the schedule, the review of the Boost.Endian library by
Beman Dawes starts today.
What is it?
Boost.Endian provides facilities to manipulate the byte ordering of
* The primary use case is binary I/O of integers for portable exchange
with other systems, via either file or network transmission.
* A secondary use case is to minimizing storage size via integers of
sizes and/or alignments not supported by the built-in types. Integers
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 bytes in length are supported.
* Two distinct approaches to byte ordering are provided. Each approach
has a long history of successful use, and each approach has use cases
where it is superior to the other approach.
* The explicit approach provides explicit functions to reorder bytes.
All four combinations of non-modifying or modifying, and unconditional
or conditional, functions are provided.
* The implicit approach provides integer classes that mimic the
built-in integers, implicitly handling all byte reordering.
Getting the Library
Docs are available at http://boost.cowic.de/rc/endian/doc/index.html
A zip file is available at http://boost.cowic.de/rc/endian/endian-rc1.zip
INSTALL instructions at http://boost.cowic.de/rc/endian/INSTALL
Alternately, the whole library can be checked out of the sandbox:
svn co http://svn.boost.org/svn/boost/sandbox/endian endian
Writing a Review
The reviews and all comments should be submitted to the developers list,
and the email should have "[Endian] Review" at the beginning of the
subject line to make sure it's not missed.
Please explicitly state in your review whether the library should be
The general review checklist:
- What is your evaluation of the design?
- What is your evaluation of the implementation?
- What is your evaluation of the documentation?
- What is your evaluation of the potential usefulness of the
- Did you try to use the library? With what compiler? Did you
have any problems?
- How much effort did you put into your evaluation? A glance? A
quick reading? In-depth study?
- Are you knowledgeable about the problem domain?
And finally, every review should answer this question:
- Do you think the library should be accepted as a Boost library?
Be sure to say this explicitly so that your other comments don't
obscure your overall opinion.
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