24 Apr 2003 psychogenic   » (Observer)

After a 15 month hiatus, I'm back to coding C++ and it feels great. My first job has been to define and implement a standard internal toolkit providing a unified API around a number of existing libraries.

I'm just learning a few of the third party libs and am having a little trouble deciding on the best implementations. For instance, there are (at least) two versions of the MySQL C++ APIs: the classic MySQL++ and Murray Cummings MySQL CPP API. The MySQLCPPAPI, which is a branch of MySQL++, seems to have a cleaner and more focused approach but I'm just worried it will eventually die out and for me to either switch of take over maintenance...

I'm really happy about finding the FOX Toolkit: a cross-platform (I'm interested in Linux and Win32), C++ based, GUI toolkit. I'll probably get to use it in our next big project, too.

I'm also getting reacquainted with CORBA - I'm enjoying it more than the first time around but I sure wish the C++ mapping would be updated to at least allow easy use of modern tools like autopointers and STL vectors, instead of custom _var and sequence thingies.

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