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Subject: Re: [Boost-build] Jam rename?
From: Alexander Bernauer (alex_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-03-14 05:41:40


On Saturday 14 March 2009 09:26:45 Vladimir Prus wrote:
> Quite a number of folks tend to confuse Boost.Build and Boost.Jam,

So do I, since I read your mail ;-) I am quite new to the matter so
maybe my impressions might give some answer to your question.

What I know so far is
saying "Boost.Build is an easy way to build C++ projects," and saying "Boost.Jam (BJam)
is a build tool". Not that much distinction here. Is it that Boost.Jam
is a generic build tool while Boost.Build is a set of bjam libraries
focusing on building C++ projects?

I used to consult the documentation of the former in order to write
Jam-files which are interpreted by the latter. So, looking back, I have
always been wondering why there are actually two websites for what I
considered being the same thing.

> I'm interested in the opinion as to such rename will do more harm than
> good, or not?

I'm not sure if just another name would have avoided the above
confusion. What I am missing most is a clear definition of both things
and a big picture about what is used where and for which purpose.


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