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From: Fernando Cacciola (fernando_cacciola_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-05-03 11:41:48

Hello people,

In 1998, Bemans Dawes wrote the "Proposal for a C++ Library Repository Web
Site" (you can find the paper in (, which
lunched the Boost we all know and love today.
The focus of the site was and is the production of high-quality
peer-reviewed C++ libraries.
Over the years, Boost grew as a community of experienced C++ developers with
the will and means to share their expertise and work contributing to the
highly respected Boost Libraries. Today, Boost is a somewhat recongisable
part of the C++ programming community at large.

Today, the way I see it, Boost as a community encompases only the boost
developers, which are just a fraction of the larger C++ crowd. There are
certainly Boost users, but I don't think we can say both developers and
users form a community. I think is worth and in-the-spirit to reach out for
ALL C++ programmers of ALL LEVELS around an "extended" Boost Community whose
main sharing point is not just the submission of high-quality libraries but
also the efficient and effective use of the language.

A Boost Community site would focus not directly in the Libraries produced by
Boost but on C++ itself as the great language we all love and on fostering
proper use of it (which includes mixing it with other languages when
It would be volunteer-driven, just like the Boost libraries are, so the site
would be moderated but open for external edition (I think a wiki would
I envision it having home page links to the fundamental resources for C++
programmers (CUJ,ACCU, "the" books, etc), blogs from developers and users
(related to state of the art C++ and/or the boost libraties), important C++
related news (not just boost-library related news), reviews, etc...
essentially, everything the will of volunteers can bring on to the
community. The motto being "fostering proper use of C++".
A minimum of moderation would be required but I assume not much.

I know there are other programmer communities around (even C++ focused). The
reason I propose this here (around Boost) is becasue I think that a
community centered around the Boost Libraries but reaching out could stand
out for its quality in the same way the Boost Libraries do.
I also know that a newsgroup or mailing list is a form of community, and we
have c.l.cpp.m and c.s.cpp. But they lack the verstile structure and
dynamism of the today's virtual communities. Also, somehow I believe that
centering a community around the Boost Libraries would spread their quality
into the rest of the site; to some degree at least.

I welcome comments, ctricticism and I call interested people to put forward
concrete ideas.


Fernando Cacciola

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