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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: 2014-05-09 07:47:26

On 8 May 2014 at 20:17, JOAQUIN M. LOPEZ MUÑOZ wrote:

> Have you measured the level of Boost *usage* (even if via some proxy
> like lib downloads, unreliable as this is)? It could be the case that
> usage remains strong and it is only contribution that has dropped.

I think that would be pointless. Even on MSVC, Boost now comes as
part of the NuGet package manager, so when you fire up a new Visual
Studio project using Boost you simply tick the Boost dependency and
you're done. On Linux or BSD of course Boost has been bundled with
the package manager for yonks now.

One big problem with git is you really do lose the ability to count
how many downstream users of the dev repo there are. Your best
available choice is to ask Ohloh for a list of all C++ projects, and
then iterating their source code for Boost usage, and even that
misses all the non-open source users of which there are a huge

If I had to take a guess though, I'd say the number of total users
has risen. The antipathy to serious breaking change, even when
someone is removing ancient compiler cruft, is a consequence of that.
Hence my desire for a C++ 14 only fork, then compatibility Boost
users are happy.


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