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Subject: Re: [boost] Asynchronous library now in Boost Library Incubator
From: Paul A. Bristow (pbristow_at_[hidden])
Date: 2016-11-30 05:23:15

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Boost [mailto:boost-bounces_at_[hidden]] On Behalf Of Christophe Henry
> Sent: 27 November 2016 10:21
> To: boost_at_[hidden]
> Subject: [boost] Asynchronous library now in Boost Library Incubator
> Dear Community,
> The Asynchronous library is now listed in the Boost Library Incubator (
> I took a lot of time since first presenting it in C++ Now 2014 in order to
> extend the scope and intensively test the library.
> The library has been in use in production code for already 1.5 years, has
> survived billions of calls and usage 24/7, so its core is stable and quite
> tested. All algorithms have not been used though so that bugs are possible
> there.
> The reason for using the Incubator is, the library is quite big and 2 weeks
> review will not be sufficient so I hope for comments, discussions or
> pre-reviews earlier on.
> Asynchronous is first of all an architecture tool. It allows organizing a
> complete application into Thread Worlds, each world having the possibility
> to use the same or different threadpools for long-lasting tasks. The
> library provides an implementation of the Active Object pattern, extended
> to allow many Active Objects to live in the same World. It provides several
> Threadpools and many parallel algorithms making use of them. And most
> important of all, it allows simple, blocking-free asynchronous programming
> based on thread-safe callbacks.
> It also provides very useful logging and HTML diagnostics (see
> ch/asynchronous/master/libs/asynchronous/doc/examples/final.html)
> to allow better understanding of code.
> I look forward to an interesting and lively discussion.

I'm trying to digest the docs for this monster work.

One things that strikes me immediately is that the doc preparation does not use code snippets, and so code is in boring old
black'n'white rather than colored syntax. For me, that makes it significantly harder to read (and understand) the code examples.

It also means that one doesn't have the assurance that 'What You See is What Compiles'.

(I've also having trouble finding things in all the plentiful 'good stuff'. But that's a common (and largely still unsolved)
problem with all documentation.)


Paul A. Bristow
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