Subject: Re: [boost] New libraries implementing C++11 features in C++03
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-12-01 13:36:04
Dean Michael Berris wrote:
> If the only thing a library
> has is "prettier error messages when things are broken" then it's a
> great library for broken code -- which makes that advantage null and
> void because IT'S NOT AN ADVANTAGE BECAUSE YOUR CODE DOESN'T COMPILE.
> Am I not getting through here?
> Whoever loved a library that looked great when your code fails to
> compile? This is CRAZY TALK.
Since errors are inevitable, libraries that trigger readily understood errors when misused are preferable to those that trigger painful error messages, all else being equal. Sometimes, enduring the error message pain is worthwhile because of other factors such as performance or additional, desirable functionality. Discussing error messages to which a library is prone when used erroneously, it decidedly not crazy.
Rob Stewart robert.stewart_at_[hidden]
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