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c++ - STLSoft 1.7.1 - beta announcement; final requests

↑ ↓ ← "Matthew" <matthew.hat stlsoft.dot.org> writes:
Hi everyone

[First, apologies to any D folks who do not use, and aren't interested in,
C++/STL/STLSoft. It's just that there are so many good ideas in there, that
I wanted to snag any that might be transferable over to STLSoft.]

STLSoft v1.7.1 will be released within the next 4-6 weeks, and it's the last
chance for getting in any feature requests. Available now from the STLSoft
main site - http://stlsoft.org/ - is STLSoft v1.7.1 beta 3
(stlsoft_1_7_1_beta3.zip), containing much of what will constitute the final
1.7.1 release.

To whet your appetite, I'm including a list of additions and a list of
changes to the libraries at the end of this post. Many of these appear in my
book "Imperfect C++" which will be out later in the year.

As yet, the documentation has not had any new work. I'd *really* appreciate
any suggestions for improvements for the documentation, as I know it's the
Achilles' Heel of the project. From the feedback I've had, this is the only
area of the libraries that is putting people off from using them more. If
anyone wants to volunteer to help out on this, it'd be fantastic. (Sounds of
thousands of people taking a step back ...)

Thanks for listening. Please feel free to post any questions via the FAQ
website (http://stlsoft.gregpeet.com/).

Cheers (changes & additions follow below:)

Matthew Wilson

Director, Synesis Software
    (www.synesis.com.au)
STLSoft moderator
    (http://www.stlsoft.org)
Contributing editor, C/C++ Users Journal
    (www.synesis.com.au/articles.html#columns)

-----------------------------------------------------



ADDITIONS
==========

The additions to the libraries are as follows:

  General
    Many of the standard-offending symbols with leading underscores have
been changed. I intend to do the rest before the final release


  Compilers
    Intel 8.0
    CodePlay VectorC 2.06
    Comeau 4.3.3. (not quite complete yet, though ;))
    GCC v3+ now supported for COMSTL

  STLSoft (v1.6.5 => 1.7.1)
    array_proxy template class - type-safe & size-safe aid for passing
arrays of object types to functions. Controls passing of derived arrays in a
safe manner
    explicit_cast template class - implements explicit conversion operators
    fast_string_concatenator template class - a helper class for
implementing fast, non-intrusive, string concatenation (Featured in
Imperfect C++, and in the article "Fast, Non-Intrusive String Concatenation"
in April's CUJ)
    basic_fixed_substring template class - provides a non-resizable "view"
onto a part of an existing string, useful for high efficiency string
manipulation
    literal_cast template class - used to provide type-to-range validation
of literal constants
    Meta Programming Constructs - including is_pointer_type<>,
is_array_type<>, is_convertible_to_bool<>, is_numeric_type<>,
is_integral_type<>, is_bool_type<>, is_void_type<>, is_fundamental_type<>,
is_compound_type<>, is_class_type<>, is_const<>, is_volatile<>, (void-able)
size_of<>, is_same_type<>, has_value_type<>, has_iterator<>,
has_const_iterator<>
    pod_vector template class - highly efficient vector for POD types (only)
    proxy_sequence template class - highly efficient pseudo-sequence, for
layering on top of arrays with providing parameterisable value_type.
    Size Traits - providing type-definitions of signed and unsigned types of
a corresponding bit-size
    Type Traits - for a given type: providing is_pointer, is_reference,
is_const and is_volatile attributes; defining two pointer/reference-stripped
types: the base_type (non-cv-qualified) and cv_type (cv-qualifiers retained)
    unused_return_value_monitor template class - used for detecting when a
potentially expensive return value is not used; ideal for post-increment
operators; has parameterisable "failure" policy

    stlsoft.h: STLSOFT_DECLARE_TEMPLATE_PARAM_AS_FRIEND(),
STLSOFT_SUPPRESS_UNUSED()

  ATLSTL (v1.2.8 => 1.3.1)
    ccombstr_veneer template adaptor class     - makes CComBSTR conformant
to the STL String concept
    SupportErrorInfoImpl / SupportErrorInfoImpl2 / SupportErrorInfoImpl3
template classes - simple ATL template that provides ISupportErrorInfo
implementation

  COMSTL (v1.2.5 => 1.4.1)
    collection_sequence template class - maps COM Collections to STL-like
sequence
    set_error_info() function - sets the calling thread's error-info for a
given description string
    interface_ptr template class - smart-enough interface pointer class

  MFCSTL (v1.3.4 => 1.3.5)
    no additions

  UNIXSTL (v1.0.3 => 1.1.1)
    basic_current_directory template class - provides access to current
directory in string form
    basic_environment_variable template class - provides access to a given
environment value in string form
    compare_path template function object - compares file-system paths via
fully-qualified path form
    process_mutex class
    spin_mutex class
    thread_mutex class

  WinSTL (v1.3.7 => 1.4.1)
    acl_sequence class - provides STL-like sequence semantics over Access
Control Lists
    Atomic Functions - a suite of functions that provide optimal performance
for single-processor/SMP/mixed Intel processors using inline assembler
    clipboard_format_sequence class - provides STL-like sequence semantics
over the system's supported clipboard formats
    basic_error_desc template class - provides access to the string form of
a given Win32 Error Code
    last_error_scope - provides scoping of last error code, for maintaining
correct state when doing intermediate error processing
    event class - a thin wrapper for the Win32 event kernel synchronisation
kernel object
    listview_sequence class - provides STL-like sequence semantics over the
items in a ListView common control
    basic_module_directory template class - provides access to a given (or
the calling process's) module's directory
    process_mutex class
    setcursor_scope class - provides scoping of the cursor
    setfocus_scope class - provides scoping of the window with the focus
    Time Functions - functions to convert between time_t and FILETIME
    token_information template class - type-safe, resource-managed accessor
class to token information (via GetTokenInformation())
    window_text_scope template class - provides scoping of a window's text

CHANGES
========

The changes to the libraries are as follows:

  STLSoft (v1.6.5 => 1.7.1)
    auto_buffer - it's now resizable, without any loss of efficiency. This
supports the new pod_vector template class
    minor rationalisations to char_traits
    Renaming of constraits: has_base => must_have_base, is_veneer =>
must_be_same_size, type_is_non_class_or_trivial_class => must_be_pod
    fixed_array_d1/2d/3d/4d template classes - improved efficiency, by using
an additional template parameter to determine, at compile-time, whether
slices "own" their memory; previously this was achieved at runtme by a
member variable
    frame_array_1d/2d/3d/4d renamed to static_array_1d/2d/3d/4d
    frame_string: bug fixes
    sign_traits: bug fixes; addition of "bytes" member value
    simple_string: bug fixes; improvements in performance

  ATLSTL (v1.2.8 => 1.3.1)

  COMSTL (v1.2.5 => 1.4.1)
    simplification of interface_cast; addition of interface_cast_test
    enum_sequence - this has simplified, and now only has three non-default
parameters for the template

  MFCSTL (v1.3.4 => 1.3.5)
    minor enhancements to cstring_veneer

  UNIXSTL (v1.0.3 => 1.1.1)
    findfile_sequence renamed to glob_sequence (findfile_sequence is
retained for backwards compatibility)
    tls_index renamed to tss_index (tls_index is retained for backwards
compatibility)
    filesystem_traits: lots of new features
    readdir_sequence: now supports flags "includeDots", "directories" and
"files"

  WinSTL (v1.3.7 => 1.4.1)
    ansi2Unicode & unicode2Ansi templates now have a second ctor which takes
a length
    filesystem_traits: addition of file_exists() method
    findfile_sequence now correctly implements InputIterator semantics, and
works correctly when iterators incremented in both prefix and postfix forms
    findvolume_sequence: same as for findfile_sequence
    performance_counter_init renamed to performance_counter_initialiser
Feb 06 2004
→ Ant <Ant_member pathlink.com> writes:
In article <c01k16$8sf$1 digitaldaemon.com>, Matthew says...
Hi everyone

[First, apologies to any D folks who do not use, and aren't interested in

I have the same problem when I make my announcements but the temporaty increase of hits on my pages validates those announcements (I hope). Ant
Feb 06 2004
"Pablo Aguilar" <paguilarg hotmail.com> writes:
Have you thought about doing a listbox or combobox sequence which
includesItemData? (CListBox::SetItemData[Ptr])
Maybe defining the iterator as a pair<string,DWORD> or pair<string,T*>

Just an idea... I use these a lot, that's why I'm asking...
Feb 24 2004
↑ ↓ "Matthew" <matthew.hat stlsoft.dot.org> writes:
That's a nice idea. Let me have a think. :)

btw, are you on the mailing list - http://stlsoft.org/mailing_list.html ?


"Pablo Aguilar" <paguilarg hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:c1grq9$2c7f$1 digitaldaemon.com...
 Have you thought about doing a listbox or combobox sequence which
 includesItemData? (CListBox::SetItemData[Ptr])
 Maybe defining the iterator as a pair<string,DWORD> or pair<string,T*>

 Just an idea... I use these a lot, that's why I'm asking...

Feb 24 2004
↑ ↓ "Pablo Aguilar" <paguilarg hotmail.com> writes:
I wasn't, but I'll sign up, see what you've got to offer...

"Matthew" <matthew.hat stlsoft.dot.org> wrote in message
news:c1h546$2scu$1 digitaldaemon.com...
 That's a nice idea. Let me have a think. :)

 btw, are you on the mailing list - http://stlsoft.org/mailing_list.html ?

Feb 25 2004
↑ ↓ "Matthew" <matthew.hat stlsoft.dot.org> writes:
Great!

FYI, I'm pretty happy with the libs so far, but it's been six months since
the last major release - 1.6.5. I've been promising 1.7.1 for some time,
hence the betas available on the downloads page
(http://stlsoft.org/downloads.html) - but we're still a little way off, due
to my having too many commitments at the moment. The stuff available in the
latest beta is largely what will appear, although there are several things
yet to do, including your item-data enumeration. :)

The main area of weakness at the moment is the documentation, which is
pretty pants, if I'm honest. I'd be very happy to receive any criticisms -
however negative they might be - or suggestions for improvement you might
have on this.

Also, I'm hoping to have a little Users' List on the site, so if you (or
anyone else) use
STLSoft and want to be mentioned, I'd be happy to hear how/where so I can
post it.

Cheers

-- 
Matthew Wilson

Director, Synesis Software
    (www.synesis.com.au)
STLSoft moderator
    (http://www.stlsoft.org)
Contributing editor, C/C++ Users Journal
    (www.synesis.com.au/articles.html#columns)

-----------------------------------------------------


"Pablo Aguilar" <paguilarg hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:c1iu9o$2vdt$1 digitaldaemon.com...
 I wasn't, but I'll sign up, see what you've got to offer...

 "Matthew" <matthew.hat stlsoft.dot.org> wrote in message
 news:c1h546$2scu$1 digitaldaemon.com...
 That's a nice idea. Let me have a think. :)

 btw, are you on the mailing list - http://stlsoft.org/mailing_list.html



Feb 25 2004
↑ ↓ "Pablo Aguilar" <paguilarg hotmail.com> writes:
"Matthew" <matthew.hat stlsoft.dot.org> wrote in message
news:c1jfi0$shf$1 digitaldaemon.com...
 Great!

 FYI, I'm pretty happy with the libs so far, but it's been six months since
 the last major release - 1.6.5. I've been promising 1.7.1 for some time,
 hence the betas available on the downloads page
 (http://stlsoft.org/downloads.html) - but we're still a little way off,

 to my having too many commitments at the moment. The stuff available in

 latest beta is largely what will appear, although there are several things
 yet to do, including your item-data enumeration. :)

Thanks, I've been following the C++ and D newsgroups for a while now, so, I'm kinda up to date with your current activities. BTW good luck with your book...
 The main area of weakness at the moment is the documentation, which is
 pretty pants, if I'm honest. I'd be very happy to receive any criticisms -
 however negative they might be - or suggestions for improvement you might
 have on this.

That's right, the docs kinda s**k, but, I figure it's because you're trying to use a "common" documentation layout, with a library that's not quite that common... I mean, when something's documented, you usually have no more than a few overloads for the same name, while in the case of shims you've got the same name all over the place, well, that's what I think anyway... Also, every typedef is documented (i.e. xxx_a, xxx_w and plain xxx), you could go the way that the Windows PSDK does, and just document once and state somewhere that everything has a '_a' and '_w' variant
 Also, I'm hoping to have a little Users' List on the site, so if you (or
 anyone else) use
 STLSoft and want to be mentioned, I'd be happy to hear how/where so I can
 post it.

Fine by me... only, I don't think I qualify as a user yet (since I've just yesterday started using the libraries, and just a couple of items so far)... Actually, I did download the library (back on version 1.6.3) but was kinda put off by both the docs, and the fact that what I was most interested in (the item data stuff) wasn't in it... and I didn't get around to commeting on it back then...
 Cheers

 -- 
 Matthew Wilson

 Director, Synesis Software
     (www.synesis.com.au)
 STLSoft moderator
     (http://www.stlsoft.org)
 Contributing editor, C/C++ Users Journal
     (www.synesis.com.au/articles.html#columns)

Anyway, thanks for taking the request, and I'll be happy to comment anything that I find worth commenting
Feb 25 2004
↑ ↓ "Matthew" <matthew.hat stlsoft.dot.org> writes:
"Pablo Aguilar" <paguilarg hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:c1jj5r$12jl$1 digitaldaemon.com...
 "Matthew" <matthew.hat stlsoft.dot.org> wrote in message
 news:c1jfi0$shf$1 digitaldaemon.com...
 Great!

 FYI, I'm pretty happy with the libs so far, but it's been six months


 the last major release - 1.6.5. I've been promising 1.7.1 for some time,
 hence the betas available on the downloads page
 (http://stlsoft.org/downloads.html) - but we're still a little way off,

 to my having too many commitments at the moment. The stuff available in

 latest beta is largely what will appear, although there are several


 yet to do, including your item-data enumeration. :)

Thanks, I've been following the C++ and D newsgroups for a while now, so, I'm

 up to date with your current activities.
 BTW good luck with your book...

 The main area of weakness at the moment is the documentation, which is
 pretty pants, if I'm honest. I'd be very happy to receive any


 however negative they might be - or suggestions for improvement you


 have on this.

That's right, the docs kinda s**k, but, I figure it's because you're

 to use a "common" documentation layout, with a library that's not quite

 common... I mean, when something's documented, you usually have no more

 a few overloads for the same name, while in the case of shims you've got

 same name all over the place, well, that's what I think anyway...

Yep. It's a big problem. I'm going to have to spend a lot of time making it better, I think. :-(
 Also, every typedef is documented (i.e. xxx_a, xxx_w and plain xxx), you
 could go the way that the Windows PSDK does, and just document once and
 state somewhere that everything has a '_a' and '_w' variant

 Also, I'm hoping to have a little Users' List on the site, so if you (or
 anyone else) use
 STLSoft and want to be mentioned, I'd be happy to hear how/where so I


 post it.

Fine by me... only, I don't think I qualify as a user yet (since I've just yesterday started using the libraries, and just a couple of items so

 Actually, I did download the library (back on version 1.6.3) but was kinda
 put off by both the docs, and the fact that what I was most interested in
 (the item data stuff) wasn't in it... and I didn't get around to commeting
 on it back then...

Understood. That's clear evidence that the docs need the attention. Thanks for the feedback. Maybe when I do the new item-data classes, you can give me detailed feedback on the docs, and then I can take that and apply it elsewhere. Cheers Matthew
Feb 25 2004
C <dont respond.com> writes:
Just my opinion , but I really don't like doxygen, I like the idea of =

self-documenting code but all the docs I read created by Doxygen are jus=
t =

really hard to read, and especially to navigate.  Some more examples wou=
ld =

be good also ;).

C

On Thu, 26 Feb 2004 13:30:03 +1100, Matthew <matthew.hat stlsoft.dot.org=
 =

wrote:
 "Pablo Aguilar" <paguilarg hotmail.com> wrote in message
 news:c1jj5r$12jl$1 digitaldaemon.com...
 "Matthew" <matthew.hat stlsoft.dot.org> wrote in message
 news:c1jfi0$shf$1 digitaldaemon.com...
 Great!

 FYI, I'm pretty happy with the libs so far, but it's been six month=



 since
 the last major release - 1.6.5. I've been promising 1.7.1 for some =



 time,
 hence the betas available on the downloads page
 (http://stlsoft.org/downloads.html) - but we're still a little way =



 off,
 due
 to my having too many commitments at the moment. The stuff availabl=



 in
 the
 latest beta is largely what will appear, although there are several=



 things
 yet to do, including your item-data enumeration. :)

Thanks, I've been following the C++ and D newsgroups for a while now, so, I'm=


 kinda
 up to date with your current activities.
 BTW good luck with your book...

 The main area of weakness at the moment is the documentation, which=



 pretty pants, if I'm honest. I'd be very happy to receive any


 however negative they might be - or suggestions for improvement you=



 might
 have on this.

That's right, the docs kinda s**k, but, I figure it's because you're

 to use a "common" documentation layout, with a library that's not qui=


 that
 common... I mean, when something's documented, you usually have no mo=


 than
 a few overloads for the same name, while in the case of shims you've =


 the
 same name all over the place, well, that's what I think anyway...

Yep. It's a big problem. I'm going to have to spend a lot of time maki=

 it
 better, I think. :-(

 Also, every typedef is documented (i.e. xxx_a, xxx_w and plain xxx), =


 could go the way that the Windows PSDK does, and just document once a=


 state somewhere that everything has a '_a' and '_w' variant

 Also, I'm hoping to have a little Users' List on the site, so if yo=



 (or
 anyone else) use
 STLSoft and want to be mentioned, I'd be happy to hear how/where so=



 can
 post it.

Fine by me... only, I don't think I qualify as a user yet (since I've=


 just
 yesterday started using the libraries, and just a couple of items so

 Actually, I did download the library (back on version 1.6.3) but was =


 kinda
 put off by both the docs, and the fact that what I was most intereste=


 in
 (the item data stuff) wasn't in it... and I didn't get around to =


 commeting
 on it back then...

Understood. That's clear evidence that the docs need the attention. Thanks for the feedback. Maybe when I do the new item-data classes, yo=

 can
 give me detailed feedback on the docs, and then I can take that and =

 apply it
 elsewhere.

 Cheers

 Matthew

-- = Using M2, Opera's revolutionary e-mail client: http://www.opera.com/m2/
Mar 01 2004
↑ ↓ "Matthew" <matthew.hat stlsoft.dot.org> writes:
 "C" <dont respond.com> wrote in message news:opr37vhqidehmtou localhost...
 Just my opinion , but I really don't like doxygen, I like the idea of
 self-documenting code but all the docs I read created by Doxygen are just
 really hard to read, and especially to navigate.

Do you have a better suggestion? I'm always open to new things. One thing I should think about doing is tailoring the styles and all that stuff, but it's a time thing ...
 Some more examples would
 be good also ;).

Thanks for the info. I'll bear it in mind Cheers Matthew
 On Thu, 26 Feb 2004 13:30:03 +1100, Matthew <matthew.hat stlsoft.dot.org>
 wrote:

 "Pablo Aguilar" <paguilarg hotmail.com> wrote in message
 news:c1jj5r$12jl$1 digitaldaemon.com...
 "Matthew" <matthew.hat stlsoft.dot.org> wrote in message
 news:c1jfi0$shf$1 digitaldaemon.com...
 Great!

 FYI, I'm pretty happy with the libs so far, but it's been six months


 the last major release - 1.6.5. I've been promising 1.7.1 for some

 hence the betas available on the downloads page
 (http://stlsoft.org/downloads.html) - but we're still a little way

due
 to my having too many commitments at the moment. The stuff available

the
 latest beta is largely what will appear, although there are several


 yet to do, including your item-data enumeration. :)

Thanks, I've been following the C++ and D newsgroups for a while now, so, I'm

 up to date with your current activities.
 BTW good luck with your book...

 The main area of weakness at the moment is the documentation, which




 pretty pants, if I'm honest. I'd be very happy to receive any


 however negative they might be - or suggestions for improvement you


 have on this.

That's right, the docs kinda s**k, but, I figure it's because you're

 to use a "common" documentation layout, with a library that's not quite

 common... I mean, when something's documented, you usually have no more

 a few overloads for the same name, while in the case of shims you've



 the
 same name all over the place, well, that's what I think anyway...

Yep. It's a big problem. I'm going to have to spend a lot of time making it better, I think. :-(
 Also, every typedef is documented (i.e. xxx_a, xxx_w and plain xxx),



 could go the way that the Windows PSDK does, and just document once and
 state somewhere that everything has a '_a' and '_w' variant

 Also, I'm hoping to have a little Users' List on the site, so if you

 anyone else) use
 STLSoft and want to be mentioned, I'd be happy to hear how/where so I


 post it.

Fine by me... only, I don't think I qualify as a user yet (since I've just yesterday started using the libraries, and just a couple of items so

 Actually, I did download the library (back on version 1.6.3) but was
 kinda
 put off by both the docs, and the fact that what I was most interested
 in
 (the item data stuff) wasn't in it... and I didn't get around to
 commeting
 on it back then...

Understood. That's clear evidence that the docs need the attention. Thanks for the feedback. Maybe when I do the new item-data classes, you can give me detailed feedback on the docs, and then I can take that and apply it elsewhere. Cheers Matthew

-- Using M2, Opera's revolutionary e-mail client: http://www.opera.com/m2/

Mar 01 2004
↑ ↓ C <dont respond.com> writes:
What about just the .chm approach ?  It is very time consuming though , =

and the free help tools out there leave alot to be desired

http://www.accviz.com/?src=3Dhm

Is an OK tool , has .chm plus HTML online browsable stuff.

C

On Tue, 2 Mar 2004 14:07:23 +1100, Matthew <matthew.hat stlsoft.dot.org>=
 =

wrote:

 "C" <dont respond.com> wrote in message =


 news:opr37vhqidehmtou localhost...
 Just my opinion , but I really don't like doxygen, I like the idea of=


 self-documenting code but all the docs I read created by Doxygen are =


 just
 really hard to read, and especially to navigate.

Do you have a better suggestion? I'm always open to new things. One thing I should think about doing is tailoring the styles and all t=

 stuff, but it's a time thing ...

 Some more examples would
 be good also ;).

Thanks for the info. I'll bear it in mind Cheers Matthew
 On Thu, 26 Feb 2004 13:30:03 +1100, Matthew =


 <matthew.hat stlsoft.dot.org>
 wrote:

 "Pablo Aguilar" <paguilarg hotmail.com> wrote in message
 news:c1jj5r$12jl$1 digitaldaemon.com...
 "Matthew" <matthew.hat stlsoft.dot.org> wrote in message
 news:c1jfi0$shf$1 digitaldaemon.com...
 Great!

 FYI, I'm pretty happy with the libs so far, but it's been six =





 months
 since
 the last major release - 1.6.5. I've been promising 1.7.1 for so=





 time,
 hence the betas available on the downloads page
 (http://stlsoft.org/downloads.html) - but we're still a little w=





 off,
 due
 to my having too many commitments at the moment. The stuff =





 available
 in
 the
 latest beta is largely what will appear, although there are seve=





 things
 yet to do, including your item-data enumeration. :)

Thanks, I've been following the C++ and D newsgroups for a while now, so, =




 kinda
 up to date with your current activities.
 BTW good luck with your book...

 The main area of weakness at the moment is the documentation, wh=





 is
 pretty pants, if I'm honest. I'd be very happy to receive any


 however negative they might be - or suggestions for improvement =





 might
 have on this.

That's right, the docs kinda s**k, but, I figure it's because you'=




 trying
 to use a "common" documentation layout, with a library that's not =




 quite
 that
 common... I mean, when something's documented, you usually have no=




 more
 than
 a few overloads for the same name, while in the case of shims you'=




 got
 the
 same name all over the place, well, that's what I think anyway...

Yep. It's a big problem. I'm going to have to spend a lot of time =



 making
 it
 better, I think. :-(

 Also, every typedef is documented (i.e. xxx_a, xxx_w and plain xxx=




 you
 could go the way that the Windows PSDK does, and just document onc=




 and
 state somewhere that everything has a '_a' and '_w' variant

 Also, I'm hoping to have a little Users' List on the site, so if=





 you
 (or
 anyone else) use
 STLSoft and want to be mentioned, I'd be happy to hear how/where=





 so I
 can
 post it.

Fine by me... only, I don't think I qualify as a user yet (since I=




 just
 yesterday started using the libraries, and just a couple of items =




 far)...
 Actually, I did download the library (back on version 1.6.3) but w=




 kinda
 put off by both the docs, and the fact that what I was most =




 interested
 in
 (the item data stuff) wasn't in it... and I didn't get around to
 commeting
 on it back then...

Understood. That's clear evidence that the docs need the attention.=



 Thanks for the feedback. Maybe when I do the new item-data classes,=



 you
 can
 give me detailed feedback on the docs, and then I can take that and=



 apply it
 elsewhere.

 Cheers

 Matthew

-- Using M2, Opera's revolutionary e-mail client: http://www.opera.com/m=



-- = Using M2, Opera's revolutionary e-mail client: http://www.opera.com/m2/
Mar 02 2004
↑ ↓ "Matthew" <matthew.hat stlsoft.dot.org> writes:
I already do use chm, as part of the Doxygen preparation, available in a
separate zip from http://stlsoft.org/downloads.html.

I guess this may not be precisely what you want, but there's no way I'm ever
going to have the time to devote to preparing all the help files manually.
There's only me, you know! ;)

Matthew

"C" <dont respond.com> wrote in message news:opr375xfneehmtou localhost...
What about just the .chm approach ?  It is very time consuming though ,
and the free help tools out there leave alot to be desired

http://www.accviz.com/?src=hm

Is an OK tool , has .chm plus HTML online browsable stuff.

C

On Tue, 2 Mar 2004 14:07:23 +1100, Matthew <matthew.hat stlsoft.dot.org>
wrote:

 "C" <dont respond.com> wrote in message
 news:opr37vhqidehmtou localhost...
 Just my opinion , but I really don't like doxygen, I like the idea of
 self-documenting code but all the docs I read created by Doxygen are
 just
 really hard to read, and especially to navigate.

Do you have a better suggestion? I'm always open to new things. One thing I should think about doing is tailoring the styles and all that stuff, but it's a time thing ...
 Some more examples would
 be good also ;).

Thanks for the info. I'll bear it in mind Cheers Matthew
 On Thu, 26 Feb 2004 13:30:03 +1100, Matthew
 <matthew.hat stlsoft.dot.org>
 wrote:

 "Pablo Aguilar" <paguilarg hotmail.com> wrote in message
 news:c1jj5r$12jl$1 digitaldaemon.com...
 "Matthew" <matthew.hat stlsoft.dot.org> wrote in message
 news:c1jfi0$shf$1 digitaldaemon.com...
 Great!

 FYI, I'm pretty happy with the libs so far, but it's been six



 since
 the last major release - 1.6.5. I've been promising 1.7.1 for some

 hence the betas available on the downloads page
 (http://stlsoft.org/downloads.html) - but we're still a little way

due
 to my having too many commitments at the moment. The stuff



 in
 the
 latest beta is largely what will appear, although there are several


 yet to do, including your item-data enumeration. :)

Thanks, I've been following the C++ and D newsgroups for a while now, so, I'm

 up to date with your current activities.
 BTW good luck with your book...

 The main area of weakness at the moment is the documentation, which




 pretty pants, if I'm honest. I'd be very happy to receive any


 however negative they might be - or suggestions for improvement you


 have on this.

That's right, the docs kinda s**k, but, I figure it's because you're

 to use a "common" documentation layout, with a library that's not


 that
 common... I mean, when something's documented, you usually have no


 than
 a few overloads for the same name, while in the case of shims you've



 the
 same name all over the place, well, that's what I think anyway...

Yep. It's a big problem. I'm going to have to spend a lot of time

 it
 better, I think. :-(

 Also, every typedef is documented (i.e. xxx_a, xxx_w and plain xxx),



 could go the way that the Windows PSDK does, and just document once


 state somewhere that everything has a '_a' and '_w' variant

 Also, I'm hoping to have a little Users' List on the site, so if



 (or
 anyone else) use
 STLSoft and want to be mentioned, I'd be happy to hear how/where



 can
 post it.

Fine by me... only, I don't think I qualify as a user yet (since I've just yesterday started using the libraries, and just a couple of items so

 Actually, I did download the library (back on version 1.6.3) but was
 kinda
 put off by both the docs, and the fact that what I was most


 in
 (the item data stuff) wasn't in it... and I didn't get around to
 commeting
 on it back then...

Understood. That's clear evidence that the docs need the attention. Thanks for the feedback. Maybe when I do the new item-data classes,

 can
 give me detailed feedback on the docs, and then I can take that and
 apply it
 elsewhere.

 Cheers

 Matthew

-- Using M2, Opera's revolutionary e-mail client: http://www.opera.com/m2/


-- Using M2, Opera's revolutionary e-mail client: http://www.opera.com/m2/
Mar 02 2004
↑ ↓ → Niall Douglas <s_digitalmars remove.me.nedprod.com> writes:
On Tue, 2 Mar 2004 20:45:09 +1100, Matthew <matthew.hat stlsoft.dot.org> 
wrote:

 I already do use chm, as part of the Doxygen preparation, available in a
 separate zip from http://stlsoft.org/downloads.html.

 I guess this may not be precisely what you want, but there's no way I'm 
 ever
 going to have the time to devote to preparing all the help files 
 manually.
 There's only me, you know! ;)

Look into http://python.planetmirror.com/sigs/doc-sig/otherlangs.html. In particular, I've heard good things about Synopsis (though never used it). Cheers, Niall
Mar 02 2004
"Pablo Aguilar" <paguilarg hotmail.com> writes:
I've just started playing with the clipboard, and thought of an idea you
might be interested in: RAII classes for the clipboard
(OpenClipboard/CloseClipboard pair) and HGLOBAL locking
(GlobalLock/GlobalUnlock pair, maybe something like hg_lock<T>(HGLOBAL hg) )
Mar 04 2004
↑ ↓ "Pablo Aguilar" <paguilarg hotmail.com> writes:
I just finished writing both, let me know if you're interested

 I've just started playing with the clipboard, and thought of an idea you
 might be interested in: RAII classes for the clipboard
 (OpenClipboard/CloseClipboard pair) and HGLOBAL locking
 (GlobalLock/GlobalUnlock pair, maybe something like hg_lock<T>(HGLOBAL

Mar 04 2004
↑ ↓ "Matthew" <matthew.hat stlsoft.dot.org> writes:
Sure. Great!

Send 'em in. I'll take a look at them, and probably do another beta next
week. (I expect to release 1.7.1 before the end of this month.)

I'll send you any changes in private before we agree to incorporate them
into the libraries.

:)

Cheers

Matthew

"Pablo Aguilar" <paguilarg hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:c28o0n$2bqr$1 digitaldaemon.com...
 I just finished writing both, let me know if you're interested

 I've just started playing with the clipboard, and thought of an idea you
 might be interested in: RAII classes for the clipboard
 (OpenClipboard/CloseClipboard pair) and HGLOBAL locking
 (GlobalLock/GlobalUnlock pair, maybe something like hg_lock<T>(HGLOBAL


Mar 04 2004
↑ ↓ → "Pablo Aguilar" <paguilarg hotmail.com> writes:
Here they are then...
Comments are more than welcome... don't know about portability issues, I
just did 'em in VC6, tested, worked... I'm happy... but, like I said,
comments are greatly appreciated

Here's a small sample of how to use 'em:

void MyWindow::OnSomething()
{
    std::string text;
    {
        clip_lock<CF_TEXT> cl(m_hWnd);
        if( cl )
        {
            hg_lock<LPCTSTR> str(::GetClipboardData(cl.requested_type()));
            if( str.locked() )
                text = str;
        }
    }
}

"Matthew" <matthew.hat stlsoft.dot.org> wrote in message
news:c28qkc$2gbj$1 digitaldaemon.com...
 Sure. Great!

 Send 'em in. I'll take a look at them, and probably do another beta next
 week. (I expect to release 1.7.1 before the end of this month.)

 I'll send you any changes in private before we agree to incorporate them
 into the libraries.

 :)

 Cheers

 Matthew

Mar 05 2004
ctillman rdfgroup.com writes:
If anyone would be interested in putting there C++, STL, Unix and Kernel skills
to use in return for 75k package then please call Charlie on 01273 200300 to
find out more.  


In article <c01k16$8sf$1 digitaldaemon.com>, Matthew says...
Hi everyone

[First, apologies to any D folks who do not use, and aren't interested in,
C++/STL/STLSoft. It's just that there are so many good ideas in there, that
I wanted to snag any that might be transferable over to STLSoft.]

STLSoft v1.7.1 will be released within the next 4-6 weeks, and it's the last
chance for getting in any feature requests. Available now from the STLSoft
main site - http://stlsoft.org/ - is STLSoft v1.7.1 beta 3
(stlsoft_1_7_1_beta3.zip), containing much of what will constitute the final
1.7.1 release.

To whet your appetite, I'm including a list of additions and a list of
changes to the libraries at the end of this post. Many of these appear in my
book "Imperfect C++" which will be out later in the year.

As yet, the documentation has not had any new work. I'd *really* appreciate
any suggestions for improvements for the documentation, as I know it's the
Achilles' Heel of the project. From the feedback I've had, this is the only
area of the libraries that is putting people off from using them more. If
anyone wants to volunteer to help out on this, it'd be fantastic. (Sounds of
thousands of people taking a step back ...)

Thanks for listening. Please feel free to post any questions via the FAQ
website (http://stlsoft.gregpeet.com/).

Cheers (changes & additions follow below:)

Matthew Wilson

Director, Synesis Software
    (www.synesis.com.au)
STLSoft moderator
    (http://www.stlsoft.org)
Contributing editor, C/C++ Users Journal
    (www.synesis.com.au/articles.html#columns)

-----------------------------------------------------



ADDITIONS
==========

The additions to the libraries are as follows:

  General
    Many of the standard-offending symbols with leading underscores have
been changed. I intend to do the rest before the final release


  Compilers
    Intel 8.0
    CodePlay VectorC 2.06
    Comeau 4.3.3. (not quite complete yet, though ;))
    GCC v3+ now supported for COMSTL

  STLSoft (v1.6.5 => 1.7.1)
    array_proxy template class - type-safe & size-safe aid for passing
arrays of object types to functions. Controls passing of derived arrays in a
safe manner
    explicit_cast template class - implements explicit conversion operators
    fast_string_concatenator template class - a helper class for
implementing fast, non-intrusive, string concatenation (Featured in
Imperfect C++, and in the article "Fast, Non-Intrusive String Concatenation"
in April's CUJ)
    basic_fixed_substring template class - provides a non-resizable "view"
onto a part of an existing string, useful for high efficiency string
manipulation
    literal_cast template class - used to provide type-to-range validation
of literal constants
    Meta Programming Constructs - including is_pointer_type<>,
is_array_type<>, is_convertible_to_bool<>, is_numeric_type<>,
is_integral_type<>, is_bool_type<>, is_void_type<>, is_fundamental_type<>,
is_compound_type<>, is_class_type<>, is_const<>, is_volatile<>, (void-able)
size_of<>, is_same_type<>, has_value_type<>, has_iterator<>,
has_const_iterator<>
    pod_vector template class - highly efficient vector for POD types (only)
    proxy_sequence template class - highly efficient pseudo-sequence, for
layering on top of arrays with providing parameterisable value_type.
    Size Traits - providing type-definitions of signed and unsigned types of
a corresponding bit-size
    Type Traits - for a given type: providing is_pointer, is_reference,
is_const and is_volatile attributes; defining two pointer/reference-stripped
types: the base_type (non-cv-qualified) and cv_type (cv-qualifiers retained)
    unused_return_value_monitor template class - used for detecting when a
potentially expensive return value is not used; ideal for post-increment
operators; has parameterisable "failure" policy

    stlsoft.h: STLSOFT_DECLARE_TEMPLATE_PARAM_AS_FRIEND(),
STLSOFT_SUPPRESS_UNUSED()

  ATLSTL (v1.2.8 => 1.3.1)
    ccombstr_veneer template adaptor class     - makes CComBSTR conformant
to the STL String concept
    SupportErrorInfoImpl / SupportErrorInfoImpl2 / SupportErrorInfoImpl3
template classes - simple ATL template that provides ISupportErrorInfo
implementation

  COMSTL (v1.2.5 => 1.4.1)
    collection_sequence template class - maps COM Collections to STL-like
sequence
    set_error_info() function - sets the calling thread's error-info for a
given description string
    interface_ptr template class - smart-enough interface pointer class

  MFCSTL (v1.3.4 => 1.3.5)
    no additions

  UNIXSTL (v1.0.3 => 1.1.1)
    basic_current_directory template class - provides access to current
directory in string form
    basic_environment_variable template class - provides access to a given
environment value in string form
    compare_path template function object - compares file-system paths via
fully-qualified path form
    process_mutex class
    spin_mutex class
    thread_mutex class

  WinSTL (v1.3.7 => 1.4.1)
    acl_sequence class - provides STL-like sequence semantics over Access
Control Lists
    Atomic Functions - a suite of functions that provide optimal performance
for single-processor/SMP/mixed Intel processors using inline assembler
    clipboard_format_sequence class - provides STL-like sequence semantics
over the system's supported clipboard formats
    basic_error_desc template class - provides access to the string form of
a given Win32 Error Code
    last_error_scope - provides scoping of last error code, for maintaining
correct state when doing intermediate error processing
    event class - a thin wrapper for the Win32 event kernel synchronisation
kernel object
    listview_sequence class - provides STL-like sequence semantics over the
items in a ListView common control
    basic_module_directory template class - provides access to a given (or
the calling process's) module's directory
    process_mutex class
    setcursor_scope class - provides scoping of the cursor
    setfocus_scope class - provides scoping of the window with the focus
    Time Functions - functions to convert between time_t and FILETIME
    token_information template class - type-safe, resource-managed accessor
class to token information (via GetTokenInformation())
    window_text_scope template class - provides scoping of a window's text

CHANGES
========

The changes to the libraries are as follows:

  STLSoft (v1.6.5 => 1.7.1)
    auto_buffer - it's now resizable, without any loss of efficiency. This
supports the new pod_vector template class
    minor rationalisations to char_traits
    Renaming of constraits: has_base => must_have_base, is_veneer =>
must_be_same_size, type_is_non_class_or_trivial_class => must_be_pod
    fixed_array_d1/2d/3d/4d template classes - improved efficiency, by using
an additional template parameter to determine, at compile-time, whether
slices "own" their memory; previously this was achieved at runtme by a
member variable
    frame_array_1d/2d/3d/4d renamed to static_array_1d/2d/3d/4d
    frame_string: bug fixes
    sign_traits: bug fixes; addition of "bytes" member value
    simple_string: bug fixes; improvements in performance

  ATLSTL (v1.2.8 => 1.3.1)

  COMSTL (v1.2.5 => 1.4.1)
    simplification of interface_cast; addition of interface_cast_test
    enum_sequence - this has simplified, and now only has three non-default
parameters for the template

  MFCSTL (v1.3.4 => 1.3.5)
    minor enhancements to cstring_veneer

  UNIXSTL (v1.0.3 => 1.1.1)
    findfile_sequence renamed to glob_sequence (findfile_sequence is
retained for backwards compatibility)
    tls_index renamed to tss_index (tls_index is retained for backwards
compatibility)
    filesystem_traits: lots of new features
    readdir_sequence: now supports flags "includeDots", "directories" and
"files"

  WinSTL (v1.3.7 => 1.4.1)
    ansi2Unicode & unicode2Ansi templates now have a second ctor which takes
a length
    filesystem_traits: addition of file_exists() method
    findfile_sequence now correctly implements InputIterator semantics, and
works correctly when iterators incremented in both prefix and postfix forms
    findvolume_sequence: same as for findfile_sequence
    performance_counter_init renamed to performance_counter_initialiser

Aug 26 2004
↑ ↓ → "Matthew" <admin.hat stlsoft.dot.org> writes:
This kind of post is neither appropriate nor welcome on these forums. Hopefully
the admin will delete it shortly

<ctillman rdfgroup.com> wrote in message news:cgka9p$4cs$1 digitaldaemon.com...
 If anyone would be interested in putting there C++, STL, Unix and Kernel skills
 to use in return for 75k package then please call Charlie on 01273 200300 to
 find out more.


 In article <c01k16$8sf$1 digitaldaemon.com>, Matthew says...
Hi everyone

[First, apologies to any D folks who do not use, and aren't interested in,
C++/STL/STLSoft. It's just that there are so many good ideas in there, that
I wanted to snag any that might be transferable over to STLSoft.]

STLSoft v1.7.1 will be released within the next 4-6 weeks, and it's the last
chance for getting in any feature requests. Available now from the STLSoft
main site - http://stlsoft.org/ - is STLSoft v1.7.1 beta 3
(stlsoft_1_7_1_beta3.zip), containing much of what will constitute the final
1.7.1 release.

To whet your appetite, I'm including a list of additions and a list of
changes to the libraries at the end of this post. Many of these appear in my
book "Imperfect C++" which will be out later in the year.

As yet, the documentation has not had any new work. I'd *really* appreciate
any suggestions for improvements for the documentation, as I know it's the
Achilles' Heel of the project. From the feedback I've had, this is the only
area of the libraries that is putting people off from using them more. If
anyone wants to volunteer to help out on this, it'd be fantastic. (Sounds of
thousands of people taking a step back ...)

Thanks for listening. Please feel free to post any questions via the FAQ
website (http://stlsoft.gregpeet.com/).

Cheers (changes & additions follow below:)

Matthew Wilson

Director, Synesis Software
    (www.synesis.com.au)
STLSoft moderator
    (http://www.stlsoft.org)
Contributing editor, C/C++ Users Journal
    (www.synesis.com.au/articles.html#columns)

-----------------------------------------------------



ADDITIONS
==========

The additions to the libraries are as follows:

  General
    Many of the standard-offending symbols with leading underscores have
been changed. I intend to do the rest before the final release


  Compilers
    Intel 8.0
    CodePlay VectorC 2.06
    Comeau 4.3.3. (not quite complete yet, though ;))
    GCC v3+ now supported for COMSTL

  STLSoft (v1.6.5 => 1.7.1)
    array_proxy template class - type-safe & size-safe aid for passing
arrays of object types to functions. Controls passing of derived arrays in a
safe manner
    explicit_cast template class - implements explicit conversion operators
    fast_string_concatenator template class - a helper class for
implementing fast, non-intrusive, string concatenation (Featured in
Imperfect C++, and in the article "Fast, Non-Intrusive String Concatenation"
in April's CUJ)
    basic_fixed_substring template class - provides a non-resizable "view"
onto a part of an existing string, useful for high efficiency string
manipulation
    literal_cast template class - used to provide type-to-range validation
of literal constants
    Meta Programming Constructs - including is_pointer_type<>,
is_array_type<>, is_convertible_to_bool<>, is_numeric_type<>,
is_integral_type<>, is_bool_type<>, is_void_type<>, is_fundamental_type<>,
is_compound_type<>, is_class_type<>, is_const<>, is_volatile<>, (void-able)
size_of<>, is_same_type<>, has_value_type<>, has_iterator<>,
has_const_iterator<>
    pod_vector template class - highly efficient vector for POD types (only)
    proxy_sequence template class - highly efficient pseudo-sequence, for
layering on top of arrays with providing parameterisable value_type.
    Size Traits - providing type-definitions of signed and unsigned types of
a corresponding bit-size
    Type Traits - for a given type: providing is_pointer, is_reference,
is_const and is_volatile attributes; defining two pointer/reference-stripped
types: the base_type (non-cv-qualified) and cv_type (cv-qualifiers retained)
    unused_return_value_monitor template class - used for detecting when a
potentially expensive return value is not used; ideal for post-increment
operators; has parameterisable "failure" policy

    stlsoft.h: STLSOFT_DECLARE_TEMPLATE_PARAM_AS_FRIEND(),
STLSOFT_SUPPRESS_UNUSED()

  ATLSTL (v1.2.8 => 1.3.1)
    ccombstr_veneer template adaptor class     - makes CComBSTR conformant
to the STL String concept
    SupportErrorInfoImpl / SupportErrorInfoImpl2 / SupportErrorInfoImpl3
template classes - simple ATL template that provides ISupportErrorInfo
implementation

  COMSTL (v1.2.5 => 1.4.1)
    collection_sequence template class - maps COM Collections to STL-like
sequence
    set_error_info() function - sets the calling thread's error-info for a
given description string
    interface_ptr template class - smart-enough interface pointer class

  MFCSTL (v1.3.4 => 1.3.5)
    no additions

  UNIXSTL (v1.0.3 => 1.1.1)
    basic_current_directory template class - provides access to current
directory in string form
    basic_environment_variable template class - provides access to a given
environment value in string form
    compare_path template function object - compares file-system paths via
fully-qualified path form
    process_mutex class
    spin_mutex class
    thread_mutex class

  WinSTL (v1.3.7 => 1.4.1)
    acl_sequence class - provides STL-like sequence semantics over Access
Control Lists
    Atomic Functions - a suite of functions that provide optimal performance
for single-processor/SMP/mixed Intel processors using inline assembler
    clipboard_format_sequence class - provides STL-like sequence semantics
over the system's supported clipboard formats
    basic_error_desc template class - provides access to the string form of
a given Win32 Error Code
    last_error_scope - provides scoping of last error code, for maintaining
correct state when doing intermediate error processing
    event class - a thin wrapper for the Win32 event kernel synchronisation
kernel object
    listview_sequence class - provides STL-like sequence semantics over the
items in a ListView common control
    basic_module_directory template class - provides access to a given (or
the calling process's) module's directory
    process_mutex class
    setcursor_scope class - provides scoping of the cursor
    setfocus_scope class - provides scoping of the window with the focus
    Time Functions - functions to convert between time_t and FILETIME
    token_information template class - type-safe, resource-managed accessor
class to token information (via GetTokenInformation())
    window_text_scope template class - provides scoping of a window's text

CHANGES
========

The changes to the libraries are as follows:

  STLSoft (v1.6.5 => 1.7.1)
    auto_buffer - it's now resizable, without any loss of efficiency. This
supports the new pod_vector template class
    minor rationalisations to char_traits
    Renaming of constraits: has_base => must_have_base, is_veneer =>
must_be_same_size, type_is_non_class_or_trivial_class => must_be_pod
    fixed_array_d1/2d/3d/4d template classes - improved efficiency, by using
an additional template parameter to determine, at compile-time, whether
slices "own" their memory; previously this was achieved at runtme by a
member variable
    frame_array_1d/2d/3d/4d renamed to static_array_1d/2d/3d/4d
    frame_string: bug fixes
    sign_traits: bug fixes; addition of "bytes" member value
    simple_string: bug fixes; improvements in performance

  ATLSTL (v1.2.8 => 1.3.1)

  COMSTL (v1.2.5 => 1.4.1)
    simplification of interface_cast; addition of interface_cast_test
    enum_sequence - this has simplified, and now only has three non-default
parameters for the template

  MFCSTL (v1.3.4 => 1.3.5)
    minor enhancements to cstring_veneer

  UNIXSTL (v1.0.3 => 1.1.1)
    findfile_sequence renamed to glob_sequence (findfile_sequence is
retained for backwards compatibility)
    tls_index renamed to tss_index (tls_index is retained for backwards
compatibility)
    filesystem_traits: lots of new features
    readdir_sequence: now supports flags "includeDots", "directories" and
"files"

  WinSTL (v1.3.7 => 1.4.1)
    ansi2Unicode & unicode2Ansi templates now have a second ctor which takes
a length
    filesystem_traits: addition of file_exists() method
    findfile_sequence now correctly implements InputIterator semantics, and
works correctly when iterators incremented in both prefix and postfix forms
    findvolume_sequence: same as for findfile_sequence
    performance_counter_init renamed to performance_counter_initialiser


Aug 26 2004
→ ctillman rdfgroup.com writes:
If anyone would be interested in putting there C++, STL, Unix and Kernel skills
to use in return for 75k package then please call Charlie on 01273 200300 to
find out more.  


In article <c01k16$8sf$1 digitaldaemon.com>, Matthew says...
Hi everyone

[First, apologies to any D folks who do not use, and aren't interested in,
C++/STL/STLSoft. It's just that there are so many good ideas in there, that
I wanted to snag any that might be transferable over to STLSoft.]

STLSoft v1.7.1 will be released within the next 4-6 weeks, and it's the last
chance for getting in any feature requests. Available now from the STLSoft
main site - http://stlsoft.org/ - is STLSoft v1.7.1 beta 3
(stlsoft_1_7_1_beta3.zip), containing much of what will constitute the final
1.7.1 release.

To whet your appetite, I'm including a list of additions and a list of
changes to the libraries at the end of this post. Many of these appear in my
book "Imperfect C++" which will be out later in the year.

As yet, the documentation has not had any new work. I'd *really* appreciate
any suggestions for improvements for the documentation, as I know it's the
Achilles' Heel of the project. From the feedback I've had, this is the only
area of the libraries that is putting people off from using them more. If
anyone wants to volunteer to help out on this, it'd be fantastic. (Sounds of
thousands of people taking a step back ...)

Thanks for listening. Please feel free to post any questions via the FAQ
website (http://stlsoft.gregpeet.com/).

Cheers (changes & additions follow below:)

Matthew Wilson

Director, Synesis Software
    (www.synesis.com.au)
STLSoft moderator
    (http://www.stlsoft.org)
Contributing editor, C/C++ Users Journal
    (www.synesis.com.au/articles.html#columns)

-----------------------------------------------------



ADDITIONS
==========

The additions to the libraries are as follows:

  General
    Many of the standard-offending symbols with leading underscores have
been changed. I intend to do the rest before the final release


  Compilers
    Intel 8.0
    CodePlay VectorC 2.06
    Comeau 4.3.3. (not quite complete yet, though ;))
    GCC v3+ now supported for COMSTL

  STLSoft (v1.6.5 => 1.7.1)
    array_proxy template class - type-safe & size-safe aid for passing
arrays of object types to functions. Controls passing of derived arrays in a
safe manner
    explicit_cast template class - implements explicit conversion operators
    fast_string_concatenator template class - a helper class for
implementing fast, non-intrusive, string concatenation (Featured in
Imperfect C++, and in the article "Fast, Non-Intrusive String Concatenation"
in April's CUJ)
    basic_fixed_substring template class - provides a non-resizable "view"
onto a part of an existing string, useful for high efficiency string
manipulation
    literal_cast template class - used to provide type-to-range validation
of literal constants
    Meta Programming Constructs - including is_pointer_type<>,
is_array_type<>, is_convertible_to_bool<>, is_numeric_type<>,
is_integral_type<>, is_bool_type<>, is_void_type<>, is_fundamental_type<>,
is_compound_type<>, is_class_type<>, is_const<>, is_volatile<>, (void-able)
size_of<>, is_same_type<>, has_value_type<>, has_iterator<>,
has_const_iterator<>
    pod_vector template class - highly efficient vector for POD types (only)
    proxy_sequence template class - highly efficient pseudo-sequence, for
layering on top of arrays with providing parameterisable value_type.
    Size Traits - providing type-definitions of signed and unsigned types of
a corresponding bit-size
    Type Traits - for a given type: providing is_pointer, is_reference,
is_const and is_volatile attributes; defining two pointer/reference-stripped
types: the base_type (non-cv-qualified) and cv_type (cv-qualifiers retained)
    unused_return_value_monitor template class - used for detecting when a
potentially expensive return value is not used; ideal for post-increment
operators; has parameterisable "failure" policy

    stlsoft.h: STLSOFT_DECLARE_TEMPLATE_PARAM_AS_FRIEND(),
STLSOFT_SUPPRESS_UNUSED()

  ATLSTL (v1.2.8 => 1.3.1)
    ccombstr_veneer template adaptor class     - makes CComBSTR conformant
to the STL String concept
    SupportErrorInfoImpl / SupportErrorInfoImpl2 / SupportErrorInfoImpl3
template classes - simple ATL template that provides ISupportErrorInfo
implementation

  COMSTL (v1.2.5 => 1.4.1)
    collection_sequence template class - maps COM Collections to STL-like
sequence
    set_error_info() function - sets the calling thread's error-info for a
given description string
    interface_ptr template class - smart-enough interface pointer class

  MFCSTL (v1.3.4 => 1.3.5)
    no additions

  UNIXSTL (v1.0.3 => 1.1.1)
    basic_current_directory template class - provides access to current
directory in string form
    basic_environment_variable template class - provides access to a given
environment value in string form
    compare_path template function object - compares file-system paths via
fully-qualified path form
    process_mutex class
    spin_mutex class
    thread_mutex class

  WinSTL (v1.3.7 => 1.4.1)
    acl_sequence class - provides STL-like sequence semantics over Access
Control Lists
    Atomic Functions - a suite of functions that provide optimal performance
for single-processor/SMP/mixed Intel processors using inline assembler
    clipboard_format_sequence class - provides STL-like sequence semantics
over the system's supported clipboard formats
    basic_error_desc template class - provides access to the string form of
a given Win32 Error Code
    last_error_scope - provides scoping of last error code, for maintaining
correct state when doing intermediate error processing
    event class - a thin wrapper for the Win32 event kernel synchronisation
kernel object
    listview_sequence class - provides STL-like sequence semantics over the
items in a ListView common control
    basic_module_directory template class - provides access to a given (or
the calling process's) module's directory
    process_mutex class
    setcursor_scope class - provides scoping of the cursor
    setfocus_scope class - provides scoping of the window with the focus
    Time Functions - functions to convert between time_t and FILETIME
    token_information template class - type-safe, resource-managed accessor
class to token information (via GetTokenInformation())
    window_text_scope template class - provides scoping of a window's text

CHANGES
========

The changes to the libraries are as follows:

  STLSoft (v1.6.5 => 1.7.1)
    auto_buffer - it's now resizable, without any loss of efficiency. This
supports the new pod_vector template class
    minor rationalisations to char_traits
    Renaming of constraits: has_base => must_have_base, is_veneer =>
must_be_same_size, type_is_non_class_or_trivial_class => must_be_pod
    fixed_array_d1/2d/3d/4d template classes - improved efficiency, by using
an additional template parameter to determine, at compile-time, whether
slices "own" their memory; previously this was achieved at runtme by a
member variable
    frame_array_1d/2d/3d/4d renamed to static_array_1d/2d/3d/4d
    frame_string: bug fixes
    sign_traits: bug fixes; addition of "bytes" member value
    simple_string: bug fixes; improvements in performance

  ATLSTL (v1.2.8 => 1.3.1)

  COMSTL (v1.2.5 => 1.4.1)
    simplification of interface_cast; addition of interface_cast_test
    enum_sequence - this has simplified, and now only has three non-default
parameters for the template

  MFCSTL (v1.3.4 => 1.3.5)
    minor enhancements to cstring_veneer

  UNIXSTL (v1.0.3 => 1.1.1)
    findfile_sequence renamed to glob_sequence (findfile_sequence is
retained for backwards compatibility)
    tls_index renamed to tss_index (tls_index is retained for backwards
compatibility)
    filesystem_traits: lots of new features
    readdir_sequence: now supports flags "includeDots", "directories" and
"files"

  WinSTL (v1.3.7 => 1.4.1)
    ansi2Unicode & unicode2Ansi templates now have a second ctor which takes
a length
    filesystem_traits: addition of file_exists() method
    findfile_sequence now correctly implements InputIterator semantics, and
works correctly when iterators incremented in both prefix and postfix forms
    findvolume_sequence: same as for findfile_sequence
    performance_counter_init renamed to performance_counter_initialiser

Aug 26 2004