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Subject: Re: [boost] transforming ex. boost lib into C++11-only lib?
From: Vicente J. Botet Escriba (vicente.botet_at_[hidden])
Date: 2015-01-22 13:35:22

Le 22/01/15 16:37, Ben Pope a écrit :
> On Thursday, January 22, 2015 10:20 PM, Oliver Kowalke wrote:
>> Hello,
>> is it permitted to transform an existing boost library into a C++11-only
>> library?
>> best,
>> Oliver
> There has been some discussion on a C++11-only Boost, and Niall has
> BindLib-soon-to-be-called-something-else-lib, which may reify some of
> the specifics surrounding that.
> In my personal opinion, I would say go for it (I've upgraded to C++14
> on multiple compilers and platforms); anybody that cannot upgrade to a
> C++11 compiler should either fight harder, do it anyway and then ask
> for forgiveness, or change jobs (in that order).
> However, some authors/maintainers of various libraries are stuck with
> older compilers for their customers and there's pretty much no way you
> can convince them to help in a C++11-only effort, or to help maintain
> a C++11-only branch. Also, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
> Ultimately, if it's your library and you feel it impractical to
> support pre C++11 in your library, that's your choice, but you risk
> upsetting customers if you break existing code.
> So... onto the discussions of inline namespaces, suitable notice and
> backporting bugfixes.
> To pick a specific example (and not to pick on anybody or any library
> in particular, but just because it's in my mind), I would say it's
> easier and more convenient to move to say, Thread/v4 than it is to
> consistently supply myriad defines across multiple build systems.
Completely agreed. I plan to create an independent version Boost.Thread
V5 that supports only C++11 compilers. This version will live in a
separated directory and namespace of course. This should be ready for
C++Now 2014.
> I would say go for a V(x+1) library and enjoy your coding life. Be
> responsible where bugfixes are appropriate, but don't let it prevent
> you from making progress*.
> *Really; please don't let it prevent you from making progress.
Agreed again.


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