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Subject: Re: [boost] Candidate for 1.66.1, if there is one
From: Robert Ramey (ramey_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-12-24 18:33:16

On 12/24/17 9:07 AM, Seth via Boost wrote:
> On 24-12-17 18:04, Peter Dimov via Boost wrote:
>> This leads me to wonder if serialization is compatible across
>> platforms and if it is *supposed *to be compatible across platforms.
>> Is this a bug?? Shouldn't binary serialization be the same size on
>> every platform, assuming platform-specific types are not used?
> That's documented
> Anyways, there's EOS Portable Archive

This is a well done package which I believe was inspired by the portable
binary archive example in the serialization library. I made efforts
toward integrating this into the current serialization package. But it
wasn't a trivial fit so I had to set it aside... for now.

But I'm convinced that the serialization library needs a couple of

a) portable_binary_archive equivalent to EOS above
b) JSON archive

I've shied away from promoting portable_binary_archive to "official
status" as the main issue was dealing with floating point in a portable
way. This is a lot trickier than first meets the eye. But fortunately
or unfortunately, I've found myself getting involved with this at a low
level so I might make moves in this direction.

Lately, I've received more PRS form interested parties. This has
inspired me to invest a little more effort in evolving the library
relevant at least until the standards committee were to design and
implement their official version.

Robert Ramey

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