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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-02-03 16:45:47

Jim Douglas <jim_at_[hidden]> writes:

> David Abrahams wrote:
>> Jim Douglas <jim_at_[hidden]> writes:
>> Compared to many large-scale libraries, Boost is highly decoupled.
> Such as...?
>>>IMHO it is high time that someone produced a dependency graph, or each
>>>library document had a "uses" section.
>> Do you know about and its
>> --report option?
> I am aware of it, but the output is not very user friendly

I agree with that. John, do you think it would be possible to
generate a simple list of boost library dependencies, e.g.

   parameter depends on mpl, type_traits, config, utility, and preprocessor

> and AFAIK you
> cannot decouple the test functions to show what is required for "normal"
> use.

I don't know what you mean there about the "test functions"

>>>The ultimate solution would be to have a problem oriented section in the
>>>docs, i.e. if you are trying to do this, then we suggest you try these
>>>libraries. If we assume that each library was constructed in order to
>>>fill a need and/or solve a problem (and not just for intellectual
>>>amusement) then these needs/problems could be collated into a single
>> Yeah... some libraries are so general-purpose (e.g. lambda, mpl,
>> preprocessor) that it's hard for me to say anything that most people
>> will identify as their use case.
> Does *anyone* use them?

Yes, many people use them.

>> But if you could be more specific -- i.e. write some of it -- then
>> maybe the rest of us could pick up on what you're doing and see how it
>> would work.
> Hmm. I'll think about that - after 1.34 is released :-)


>>>4. The single word naming of the libraries can lead to ambiguities and
>>>misunderstanding e.g. "serialization" means different things to
>>>different people and requires a full paragraph to explain, and IMHO
>>>"thread" is somewhat misleading. Other names mean nothing to me so I
>>>have to go and look them up.
>> What would be better, "the boost serialization of a style espoused by
>> Robert Ramey library?" ;-)
> LOL. But I think you get what I mean.

Really, I don't.

Dave Abrahams
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