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Subject: Re: [ublas] [boost] The Lonely Song of the MPL Maintainer -- or Boost support for antediluvian compiler and the future supprot of C++11
From: David Bellot (david.bellot_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-08-13 16:31:33

I think it's a good idea getting rid of old things from boost and focusing
on C++11.
That's gonna be a goal in Boost.ublas too.

On Sat, Aug 13, 2011 at 17:18, Joel falcou <joel.falcou_at_[hidden]> wrote:

> This is meant to be a serious thread and not some trollfest about w/e
> compilers.
> I am currently fixing bugs and applying feature request in MPL and it just
> happens I spend more time deciphering the web of compatibility #ifdefs than
> doing actual code. A rough guestimate tells me that on a 100 lines MPL
> files, 80 of them are #ifdef for compatibility.
> It could fine and dandy if those #ifdefs where not, for a majority,
> targeted at compiler i didnt even knew hwere standard conformant (ICC 5,
> really) or still in serious use (Borland whatever). Some other are more
> debatable (like MSVC 6 or such).
> Considering such compilers are so broken that upgrading boost is out of
> question for these users and that C++11 and its new set of supporting
> compilers are around the corner, also taking into account my limited amount
> of sanity (IRC people can testify on this), can't we start some support
> clean up in this library ?
> <radical>
> Going further, shouldn't we start thinking at boost 2.0 which will
> definitevely let c++03 die its peaceful death and start, on a voluntary
> effort, move boost component toward C++11. I know we have a fully working
> Fusion for 0x only. mpl, proto and other strategic infrastructure libraries
> should benefit from that. Some are a trivial port like Boost.PP and all the
> TR1 boost library that will just either disappear or forward the C++11
> version.
> </radical>
> Here is the status of the thingy. Letting Boost 2.0 aside, what should be
> the status of MPL and its sharazadian list of supported compiler ?
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