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Subject: Re: [boost] [Review:Contract]
From: Lorenzo Caminiti (lorcaminiti_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-09-16 23:12:57

On Sun, Sep 16, 2012 at 5:48 PM, Dave Abrahams <dave_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> on Sun Sep 02 2012, Roland Bock <> wrote:
>> Due to a lack of formal contracts in much of day to day programming
>> and the enormous compile time overhead, I don't see the library being
>> used all over the place anytime soon, but I expect it to be used in
>> generic algorithms, helping both developers and library users.
> Do we know the sources of the compile-time overhead?

No, I don't.

> If it's mostly in
> the preprocessor,

I could be in both the preprocessor (either the parsing of the syntax
or the expansion of the declaration and contract code) and/or in the
template meta-programming code.

> I suggest consulting with Paul Mensonides.

I will do some analysis first (probably after the 1st Boost release as
the meta-programming optimizations should not alter the public API):

Then I will ask the experts as needed--Paul for the pp and yourself
for the MPL part ;)

> He was an
> enormous help in getting the preprocessing cost associated with
> Boost.Python under control. In particular, it's important to make good
> use of the _D, _R, and _Z suffixes described in

IMO, the syntax is "bad" but the compile-time overhead is the real
barrier for a broader use of the lib. Therefore, improving compilation
time (if at all possible) will be a priority right after the 1st Boost


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