Boost library 1.32 released

2004-11-23 07:09:46 PM
Forwarding the announcement from the boost lists:
[If you do not know of the Boost Library, I strongly urge you to check
the link below. It is a feely available Open Source project set up to
develop libraries for upcoming C++ Standards]
+ NOTE: This is a stripped-down copy of the Boost 1.32.0 release +
+ notes. See for the full version. +
Important - New Toolset Names
The names of some the Boost.Build toolsets have been changed to remove
the "." (dot) character and to fix some other naming
inconsistencies. For example, vc7.1 toolset was renamed to become
vc-7_1. Please refer to the Supported Toolsets section of the
installation guide for the complete list of the current toolset
names. This change was made as a part of the effort to make the Boost
distribution compatible with ISO 9660 level 2 requirements.
New Libraries
* Assignment Library: Filling containers with constant or
generated data has never been easier, from Thorsten Ottosen.
* Minmax Library: Standard library extensions for simultaneous
min/max and min/max element computations, from Herv?
* Multi-index Containers Library: Containers with multiple
STL-compatible access interfaces, from Joaqu?n M L?pez
* Numeric Conversion Library: Optimized policy-based numeric
conversions, from Fernando Cacciola.
* Program Options Library: Access to configuration data given
on command line, in config files and other sources, from
Vladimir Prus.
* Range Library: A new infrastructure for generic algorithms
that builds on top of the new iterator concepts, from
Thorsten Ottosen.
* Serialization Library: Serialization/de-serialization of
arbitrary C++ data structures to various formats including
text, binary, and xml, from Robert Ramey.
* String Algorithms Library: Collection of string related
algorithms for case conversion, t{*word*220}, find/replace
operations and more, from Pavol Droba.
* Tribool: 3-state boolean type library, from Doug Gregor.
Updated Libraries
* Compose: This deprecated library has been removed.
* Graph:
- Added bundled properties to the adjacency_list and
adjacency_matrix class templates, greatly simplifying
the introduction of internal vertex and edge properties.
- The LEDA graph adaptors have been ported to LEDA 4.5.
- Added algorithms for betweenness centrality and
betweenness centrality clustering.
- Added circle layout and undirected spring layout
* MPL Library:
- Updated to use the Boost Software License.
- New documentation, including a complete reference
- Major interface changes and improvements, many of which
are not backward compatible. Please refer to the 1.32
changelog for the detailed information about upgrading
to the new version.
* Python Library:
- Updated to use the Boost Software License.
- A new, better method of wrapping classes with virtual
functions has been implemented.
- Support for the new Python Bool type, thanks to Daniel
- Support for upcoming GCC symbol export control features
have been folded in, thanks to Niall Douglas.
- Improved support for std::auto_ptr-like types.
- Components used by other libraries have been moved out
of python/detail and into boost/detail to improve
dependency relationships.
- Miscellaneous bug fixes and compiler workarounds.
* Signals Library: Introduced deterministic slot ordering,
permitting slots to be connected at the beginning or end of
slot groups or the slot list itself. Combiners may safely
have state and are accessible from the signal.
* Utility: class template result_of added.
* Test Library:
- namespace names gets shorten; old one still supported
till next release.
- added proper encoding of XML PCDATA.
- support for wide string comparison implemented.
For complete list of changes see Test Library release notes.
Regression tests
This release has been extensively tested on a variety of
different compilers and platforms. It is known to contain no
regressions against the previous reference release on the
compilers and configurations tested. Please refer to the
corresponding regression reports at
to see how well your compiler performs on the new Boost codebase.
This release wouldn't have been possible without the dedicated effort
of many, many members of the Boost community who generously contributed
their outstanding expertise, time and energy to making it happen. For
patches, bug fixes, troubleshooting, expert advice, and prompt
responses to the release manager's requests we thank:
David Abrahams, Misha Bergal, Jonathan Brandmeyer, Fernando Cacciola,
Marshall Clow, Christopher Currie, Pavol Droba, Caleb Epstein, Eric
Friedman, Jeff Garland, Michael Glassford, Doug Gregor, Joel de Guzman,
Hubert Holin, Jaakko J?rvi, Hartmut Kaiser, Bronek Kozicki, Tarjei
Knapstad, Toon Knapen, Aaron W. LaFramboise, Joaqu?n M L?pez Mu?oz,
Christoph Ludwig, John Maddock, Paul Mensonides, Guillaume Melquiond,
Thorsten Ottosen, Vladimir Prus, Robert Ramey, Rene Rivera, Gennadiy
Rozental, Stefan Slapeta, Jonathan Turkanis, Pavel Vozenilek, Jonathan
Wakely, Daryle Walker, Victor A. Wagner Jr. and Martin Wille.
Also, our special thanks go to: John Maddock for the managing the
effort of converting the majority of the Boost libraries to the Boost
Software License, Eric Niebler and Joel de Guzman for taking on the
important job of improving the Boost documentation's look and feel, and
last, but not least, to our regression test runners, without whom we
simply would never have released: Toon Knapen, Bronek Kozicki, Rene
Rivera, Markus Sch?pflin, Stefan Slapeta, Victor A. Wagner Jr. and
Martin Wille.
Thank you everybody!
Aleksey Gurtovoy
MetaCommunications Engineering