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Subject: Re: [boost] [http] Boost.Http formal review is finished
From: Edward Diener (eldiener_at_[hidden])
Date: 2015-08-17 21:28:33

On 8/17/2015 11:09 AM, Robert Ramey wrote:
> On 8/17/15 2:08 AM, Bjorn Reese wrote:
>> The formal review of Boost.Http is finished, and I would like to thank
>> all who participated.
>> The following reviews have been recorded:
>> - Antony Polukhin: No
>> - Darren Cook: No
>> - David Sankel: No
>> - Lee Clagett: No
>> - Niall Douglas: Yes, conditionally
>> - Roland Bock: No
>> - Tom Kent: No
>> Please let me know if I have missed any.
>> The final review results will be posted later.
> I'm going to jump the gun a little and presume that this library will be
> rejected but I want to comment while the topic is still "hot".
> To me it's very unfortunate that so much effort has had to be expended
> by a library author to produce a library that is not accepted. It's
> also unfortunate that so many reviewers need to spend this much time to
> dig up enough information to reach this consensus. This illustrates my
> motivation behind the design of the boost library incubator.

I think it is manifestly unfair to the author of the Boost.Http library
to make these comments before a final review result has been made.

> Imagine an
> alternate scenario.
> a) Vinicius submits his library to the incubator. He did this exactly
> as requested and fulfilled all the requirements listed in the incubator.
> I don't think he found the process onerous in anyway. So far so good.
> b) One person commented on his submission and Vinicius replied. So far
> so good.
> c) Now we come up with the review and only then do we get a really
> serious look at the library in all it's aspects. The criticism is
> constructive, but it's too late to change the submission.
> d) Had Vinicius gotten this feedback earlier, the submission would have
> been different or perhaps not even reviewed at all.
> e) Had people started to download the library, run the tests and try to
> use it in their own code a lot of information would have come out much
> earlier. This information would have been helpful to everyone involved.
> This didn't happen. Or at least, not that I know of. Neither the
> incubator nor github keep statistics on library downloads. I does keep
> statistics on views of the library page. These statistics can be
> displayed via the "Display Statistics" button on the library page. They
> show 701 pages views in the last 90 days.
> f) I notice that a couple of libraries submitted for formal review
> haven't submitted to the incubator. This concerns me as one of the
> motivations of the incubator was to make for information available and
> avoid a scenario whereby libraries "snuck though" the review process and
> ended up having some surprises which I was unhappy about.
> So I'm disappointed that the incubator hasn't really achieved what I
> hoped it would. On the upside, it doesn't require much maintenance so
> I'm inclined to keep it up. Occasionally I increment functionality when
> I see an easy/expedient way to do it. I'm also on the lookout for
> free/easy/clever ways to improve functionality.

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