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Subject: Re: [boost] Recommend dropping test coverage on msvc-7.1 and msvc-8.0
From: Edward Diener (eldiener_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-10-14 15:05:12

On 10/14/2017 8:29 AM, degski via Boost wrote:
> On 14 October 2017 at 14:41, James E. King, III via Boost <
> boost_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> ... but it looks like we should consider dropping msvc-7.1 and msvc-8.0.
>> These are very old compilers for Windows development.
> Although I understand my opinion is not even worth 2 Cents and feel like
> Cato The Elder must have felt, I'll put them [2 Cents] in anyway.
> I think Boost should only support MSVC-versions, that are supported by
> Microsoft. Unsupported versions have un-supported c-run-time-libraries and
> are hencefort a danger for the planet.
> It would also start to simplify things a bit (probably a lot) going forward
> as we are expecting MSVC to be fully compliant (including the preprocessor
> (good news Edward!)) bar bugs, somewhere in the first half of 2018.

Microsoft has "promised" to fix their broken preprocessor so many times,
without actually doing so, that one more "promise" means nothing.

I do not test locally with msvc-7.1 or earlier, but I do test
occasionally with msvc-8.0, although it does have more problems than
msvc-9.0 on up.

> Just to conclude: "Carthago delenda est".
> degski

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