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Subject: Re: [boost] Is Boost dead? [Re: Anyone is interested in being review manager of ‘Application’?]
From: Niall Douglas (s_sourceforge_at_[hidden])
Date: 2014-05-08 14:32:47

On 8 May 2014 at 13:59, Sohail Somani wrote:

> > For sure, Boost has been slowly dying since 2011 now. I'll be
> > talking on that exact subject at C++ Now on Saturday week, which I
> > assume will be as popular as a funeral.
> Can you say that? I think that the main Boosters were busy moving to
> Git. That took a long time and from my perspective, they did a good job
> given what they were aiming for.

There are also wider trends at work. For example, all open source has
seen a drop of about 25% in terms of regular contributors or projects
regularly active during this past year 2013-2014. I would assume that
is macroeconomic in nature.

It could be that Boost saw a dip 2011-2013 during post-C++11 blues
and the git migration, then the normal upturn got slammed by the
macroeconomic downturn for all open source. I do, in my talk, explain
that I don't know for sure, but I don't think I'm alone in sensing a
general feeling of disconnection from purpose here compared to a few
years ago. For example, boost-users has a posting rate nearly a third
that of before 2011.

> Too bad I won't be there to attend this funeral! Would have liked to
> hear your points.

Some 40 slides and a 20,000 word position white paper should be
published as part of the conference proceedings.


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