On Sat, 27 Dec 2008 17:49:03 -0800, Gary Kline <kl...@thought.org> wrote:
> I also have some very simple and efficient string-matching
> functions [[ for SHORT lines!! ]] and other thing we do very often.
> It was (is?) throw-away code. Does it made sense to have a place
> on the web where you can get these kind of canned functions? I
> have perhaps 20 of these functions named and tagged. This was, I
> believe, at least one idea behind C++, but at least I have never
> seen any sites that offer C or C++ functions to do ``X''.
There have been efforts in the past to do something like this.
For example, I still remember discovering 'clib' at
a few years ago.
It seems a nice idea to build a "personal toolset", but my impression
is that dumping a bunch of functions on a web page is not enough
anymore. The world has been `spoiled' by open source projects, so if
an effort like this expects to be taken seriously from the world, it
should at least have:
* A public source repository, with full history, readable from
everyone and compatible with one of the Open Source SCM tools.
* At least one mailing list for questions & announcements of new
* At least one visibly active maintainer, who is willing to fix
bugs, reply to email questions, and perform other `benevolent
* Up to date manpages for all the functions in the collection.
This sounds like a lot of work, because it *is*. That's the price of
writing something that others may want to use though. Otherwise
everyone can use the GNU glib and their system libc.so library :)
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