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Subject: Re: [boost] Guidelines to implement Boost library evolution policy (was Boost 2.0)
From: Rob Stewart (robertstewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2014-06-07 17:47:47

On June 7, 2014 4:01:10 PM EDT, Stephen Kelly <hello_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>Beman Dawes wrote:
>> The Boost Steering Committee set the overall policy for Boost library
>> evolution to C++11, C++14, and beyond at its May 2014 meeting in
>> Guidelines to implement that policy are now available at
>I find that the case study from Jeff Garland leads to the wrong
>The conclusion in the document is that the case study justifies
>to support old/ancient compilers.
>What the case study tells us is that Boost (which version? Let's assume
>recent version) helps to migrate from a compiler from the ancient past
>to a
>compiler from the very recent past (GCC 4.8). The case study looks to
>the past.

Actually, it shows that a Boost that doesn't ignore older compilers and versions of the language provides a bridge to newer compilers and versions of the language.

>If you want to evolve Boost, then appeal to the use-case of migrating
>GCC 4.8 to whatever will be in use 6-10 years from now. That would be
>looking to the future. Then, thinking mathematically, any migration
>in the future can be reduced to a previously solved problem plus
>future Boost does.

There's nothing in the policy that precludes looking forward. Likewise, there's nothing in the policy that requires support for ancient compilers.

>The Jeff Garland case study tells us that the past problem is already
>using Boost from the present or the past. You don't need to solve that
>problem again.

Who was suggesting that?

>Solve the present and future problems instead in the evolution of
>Boost. Put
>case studies for those in your document instead of the Jeff Garland
>case study.

Provide an appropriate case study, with discussion of how it should be incorporated in Boost evolution policy, and we'll consider including it. The point of the one included was too illustrate how a Boost 2.0, which breaks from the past completely, is not the way forward.


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