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From: Peter Dimov (pdimov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2021-02-23 18:56:22

This is a reminder that my library Describe

needs a review manager.

Describe is a library that allows programmers to annotate their classes (and
enumerations) in order to enable simple reflection. It provides a very
important fundament on which other libraries can build upon to provide
automatic support for user-defined types.

For example, given an annotated type, Boost.JSON can automatically provide
conversions from/to json::value. Boost.ContainerHash can automatically
provide a hash function hash_value for the type. Boost.Serialization can
automatically provide serialization support. See the examples:

Other JSON (and serialization) libraries already offer a similar mechanism,
e.g. But since
each library has its own private way to annotate types, a programmer needs
to repeat the type annotations for every library he wants his type to be
known to. This is unnecessary and undesirable, and a standard mechanism to
describe types avoids it.

Describe is intended to be this standard mechanism, and I believe that we
need it in Boost sooner rather than later.

Thanks in advance to whoever volunteers.

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