Subject: Re: [boost] [partly OT] Re: [review queue] What to do about the library review queue?
From: Glen Fernandes (glen.fernandes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-03-15 16:26:42
> Also an unmaintained library should be marked as such as should
> libraries that are deprecated, replaced by standard C++ features
> (shared_ptr comes to mind)
shared_ptr (or Boost.SmartPointers in general) is not unmaintained,
and is not deprecated.
It actually has been evolving past the C++11 std::shared_ptr.
For example, boost::shared_ptr supported array forms in 1.53 and this
was eventually added to C++ in C++17.
(Interesting aside: That functionality above was even, and still is
used, in certain Microsoft projects, where boost::shared_ptr is used
instead of std::shared_ptr).
The same goes for other Boost libraries like Boost.Thread. They:
- May have features not in the C++ standard library equivalent
- May be evolving past the current C++ standard
- Are in use by actual projects and shouldn't be removed
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