[boost][review] Review of Outcome (ends Sun-28-May)
First a (very-)big "thank-you!" to all participating in the ongoing (and vigorous) debate and review for the Outcome library. The spirited discussion touches on tricky issues for composition and error handling (with and without C++ exceptions enabled), where the community is clearly searching for best convention and common ground.
(a)- some 300+ emails discussing Outcome (and more emails off-list)
(b)- participation from:
*- Andrzej Krzemienski *- D25fe0be *- Deniz Bahadir
*- Emil Dotchevski
*- Gavin Lambert *- Glen Fernandes *- Gottlob Frege (Tony) *- Hartmut Kaiser *- Ion Gaztanaga *- Jonathan Muller *- Niall Douglas *- Paul Bristow *- Pete Bartlett *- Peter Dimov *- Robert Ramey *- Thomas Heller *- Vicente J. Botet Escriba *- Vinnie Falco
*- ...(apologies if I've missed anyone)
(c)- Some points-of-discussion relate to:
*- Outcome efficiency (copy/move) on today’s compilers
*- Outcome ABI, namespace usage, use of preprocessor
*- Outcome alternative APIs
*- std::expected proposal, possible changes
(d)- Reviews to date (sent publicly to the list):
*- Paul Bristow -- accept, conditional (Tue-23-May)
*- Deniz Bahadir -- accept, unconditional (Wed-24-May)
*- Thomas Heller -- (almost a review), ?reject, "not-ready-yet?" (Wed-24-May)
(e)- Significant other discussion also contributes to evaluation of Outcome as a Boost library. However, I encourage further reviews to make clear any conclusions from these discussions that I might have missed.
The review continues for several more days, ending Sun-28-May. Please consider posting a review to the boost mailing list, or privately to the Review Manager (to me). Here are some questions you might want to answer in your review:
- What is your evaluation of the design?
- What is your evaluation of the implementation?
- What is your evaluation of the documentation?
- What is your evaluation of the potential usefulness of the library?
- Did you try to use the library? With what compiler? Did you have any problems?
- How much effort did you put into your evaluation? A glance? A quick reading? In-depth study?
- Are you knowledgeable about the problem domain?
And most importantly:
- Do you think the library should be accepted as a Boost library?