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From: Karl Meerbergen (Karl.Meerbergen_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-04-08 02:57:46

Dear all,

We could create a sourceforge project for bindings, with (temporary)
access to those who want to contribute. This gives us more freedom than
the Boost svn. A regular commit to the boost.sandbox would then be
possible: we would then have a stable version on boost.sandbox (the
official version) and an experimental version on sourceforge. It would
also avoid working with patches. However, some guidelines in making
bindings would be good, so that the interfaces and general behaviour are
the same for all.



Jesse Manning wrote:

> I think this is a great idea, if only for getting some people testing
> these user contributed features. If these are never tested then how
> will they ever get approval for contribution into the main svn trunk?
> It is tough for normal users to search through lists posts to find a
> patch someone has contributed for the functionality they are looking
> for. If there was an open repository where users could submit
> unofficial patches, I think it would make it much easier. On the
> opposite side of the argument if submitted patches were reviewed
> regularly and feedback was provided for any bugs or documentation
> fixes, then the open repository would probably not be needed. I am
> not sure which approach is better in the long run, but I am definitely
> in agreement with Andreas that the work that has been done in the
> bindings is great and I hope the community keeps expanding as well as
> the functionality supported by the bindings.
> Jesse
> On Sun, Apr 6, 2008 at 12:09 PM, Andreas Klöckner
> <lists_at_[hidden] <mailto:lists_at_[hidden]>> wrote:
> On Samstag 05 April 2008, Andreas Klöckner wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I've rolled a new bindings snapshot, available from [snip]
> Somebody contacted me off-list and suggested that what I said might be
> perceived as accusatory, and that my intentions weren't entirely
> clear. So
> let me clarify:
> First off, I'm not placing any blame for dropping patches. I
> realize that
> there may have been some issues that ultimately prevented their
> inclusion.
> What I'm advocating (and providing) is a proving ground for
> contributions to
> the bindings that has a lower barrier to entry than the official
> sandbox svn.
> It seems that most contributions to the bindings are of the
> drive-by kind, but
> I believe that that doesn't make them worthless. I'll just simply
> collect
> them, and whatever is deemed fit for inclusion in the official
> tree, can go
> there with no problem. I don't mean to maintain an incompatible
> branch, or
> imply any criticism of the current maintainership. I just believe
> there's a
> niche for a faster-moving, include-now-ask-questions-later version
> of the
> bindings. Sort of like -mm vs -linus in the kernel, if you wish.
> In summary: If you, as a user, are willing to accept fewer
> guarantees in
> exchange for more functionality and more fixes (and also,
> potentially, more
> breakage), then you are more than welcome to use my tree. If not,
> then don't.
> Andreas
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