Boost Users :
From: Foster, Gareth (gareth.foster_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-05-04 03:40:37
As a C++ developer, and a developer who is coming to appreciate the
usefulness of Boost, I think this is a great idea.
There isn't really a focal point on the web for C++ developers, at least not
in the sense that Java developers have in java.sun.com, Mono developers have
in go-mono.net, and as menitoned by somebody else, PHP developers have in
php.net. Boost certainly has enough clout to make this happen.
The idea of having the following C++/Boost oriented things on one site is
* blogs for people with influence over the development of the C++ standard
* blogs for heavy boost contributors (think planet),
* documentation for C++/Boost with user anotations +
* news section feat. latest compiler news and c++/boost developments etc
+ see recent work murray cumming did in adding anotation facilities
to gtkmm docs
I am sure there are more ideas, but that summarises the best of them I hope.
Useful links that might help get this off the ground.
// will help with blogs
// will help with site design
// murray's annotation effort
It would be nice to get the site looking good right from the outset, whilst
a "Name Competition" might not merrit a two month wait, I think perhaps a
site design competition would. Look at sites like the Firefox page, a real
central C++/Boost resource looking that professional would have to be good
for C++ as a language.
I hope my comments and thoughts add something to the discussion.
All the best,
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Fernando Cacciola [mailto:fernando_cacciola_at_[hidden]]
> Sent: 03 May 2005 17:42
> To: boost-users_at_[hidden]
> Subject: [Boost-users] The Boost Community
> Hello people,
> In 1998, Bemans Dawes wrote the "Proposal for a C++ Library
> Repository Web
> Site" (you can find the paper in
> (www.boost.org/more/index.htm), 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
> 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
> Boost-users mailing list
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