boost 1.60 - a short overview

published at 18.12.2015 16:40 by Jens Weller

Yesterday boost 1.60 was released, and it brings a few important details and changes to the boost users. Plus one new library: the Variadic Data Macro library by Edward Diener.


VMD is like Boost.Preprocessor, a library for working with the preprocessor and makes implementing complex macros easier. VMD is specialized on using variadic macros, its goal is to make working with variadic macros easier and improve support over what boost can already do via its PP library. The library allows you to define easily your own macros which operate on the arguments given through a variadic macro. You can treat these variadic macro parameters as a sequence, array, list or tuple. Further its "type support" extends to numbers, identifiers and other useful types, such as an empty or unknown type.

Changes in boost

While VMD is a very specific library, this version brings a number of interesting updates and fixes to the boost libraries. A short list of my favorites:

So 1.60 is an interesting release, still, a lot of libraries accepted into boost have yet not been released, next year is going to be interesting with lots of new libraries and features coming to boost.

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