Subject: Re: [boost] The future and present of Boost
From: Paul A. Bristow (pbristow_at_[hidden])
Date: 2018-10-23 11:14:31
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Boost [mailto:boost-bounces_at_[hidden]] On Behalf Of degski via Boost
> Sent: 23 October 2018 09:37
> To: boost
> Cc: degski; Robert Ramey
> Subject: Re: [boost] The future and present of Boost
> On Tue, 23 Oct 2018 at 10:07, Miguel Ojeda via Boost <boost_at_[hidden]>
> > On Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 8:27 PM Robert Ramey via Boost
> > <boost_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> > >
> > > On 10/22/18 10:13 AM, Mike Dev via Boost wrote:
> > >
> > > > Interesting point to think about: If you look at how standardization of
> > > > communication protocols work (e.g. USB, Wifi PCI), they don't
> > standardize
> > > > established practice at all.
> > >
> > > True, but their not standardizing any practice. They don't approve code
> > > or APIS etc. The leave that to someone else. They stick to the
> > > legitimate goals of standardization.
> > >
> > > I believe that one of the original goals is to "standardize existing
> > > practice" and perhaps they shouldn't do that. One thing that they do
> > > which no one else can do is specify language syntax and semantics.
> > > Expanding too far beyond this essential function can compromise the
> > > successful accomplishment of that very function.
> > The problem is defining that "too far beyond this essential function".
> > Is it unique_ptr? Ranges? 2D graphics?
> Well, in respect of the 2D Graphics proposal(s), I don't get it. There is a
> perfectly good (C++, cross platform, mature) 2D Framework [SFML] available,
> which seems to have been discarded from the block. No, instead we're gonna
> get [probably] some poofed up C thingy, which does not even allow you to
> write that little 2D Game [because we need a mouse, a window, touch, sound
> (formats), image formats, etc etc].
but I failed to persuade the British Standards C++ group that this was precisely the sort of thing that WG21 should NOT be doing (but Boost might but hasn't).
I put the highest priority for WG21 on Herb Sutters et al proposal to formally specify the language (effectively in C++ (C++++?) itself) rather than continue to fumble with language standardese that you can't automatically reason about.
Boost still has a valuable role as a discoverer of language enhancements that are needed.
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