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Boost Mission
  • development of high quality, expert reviewed, legally unencumbered, open-source libraries,
  • inspiring standard enhancements, and
  • advancing and disseminating software development best practices.

It does this by fostering community engagement, nurturing leaders, providing necessary financial/legal support, and making directional decisions in the event of Boost community deadlock.

Equally important to our mission is the guidance provided by our shared values. These are transparency, inclusivity, consensus-building, federated authorship, and community-driven leadership.

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Why Use Boost?   In a word, Productivity. Use of high-quality libraries like Boost speeds initial development, results in fewer bugs, reduces reinvention-of-the-wheel, and cuts long-term maintenance costs. And since Boost libraries tend to become de facto or de jure standards, many programmers are already familiar with them.

schedule of events

June 2024

June 26, 2024: Boost 1.86.0 closed for new libraries and breaking changes
Release branch is closed for new libraries and breaking changes to existing libraries. Still open for bug fixes and other routine changes to all libraries without release manager review.

July 2024

July 3, 2024: Boost 1.86.0 closed for major changes
Release closed for major code changes. Still open for serious problem fixes and docs changes without release manager review.

July 10, 2024: Boost 1.86.0 closed for beta
Release closed for all changes

July 17, 2024: Boost 1.86.0 beta
Beta posted for download.

July 18, 2024: Boost 1.86.0 open for bug fixes
Release open for bug fixes and documentation updates. Other changes by permission of a release manager.

August 2024

Aug. 7, 2024: Boost 1.86.0 closed
Release closed for all changes

Aug. 14, 2024: Boost 1.86.0 release
Release posted for download.

October 2024

Oct. 23, 2024: Boost 1.87.0 closed for new libraries and breaking changes
Release branch is closed for new libraries and breaking changes to existing libraries. Still open for bug fixes and other routine changes to all libraries without release manager review.

Oct. 30, 2024: Boost 1.87.0 closed for major changes
Release closed for major code changes. Still open for serious problem fixes and docs changes without release manager review.

November 2024

Nov. 6, 2024: Boost 1.87.0 closed for beta
Release closed for all changes

Nov. 13, 2024: Boost 1.87.0 beta
Beta posted for download.

Nov. 14, 2024: Boost 1.87.0 open for bug fixes
Release open for bug fixes and documentation updates. Other changes by permission of a release manager.

December 2024

Dec. 4, 2024: Boost 1.87.0 closed
Release closed for all changes

Dec. 11, 2024: Boost 1.87.0 release
Release posted for download.

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Priority queue data structures.

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recent news

Rubén Pérez C++20 modules and Boost: an analysis

Posted on Apr 8th, 2024 by Rubén Pérez

Louis Tatta Boost 1.85.0 closed for all changes on April 3rd

Posted on Mar 17th, 2024 by Louis Tatta

Boost 1.85.0 closed for all changes
When Wednesday, Apr 3, 2024

Louis Tatta The 1.85.0 release will close for major changes TOMORROW

Posted on Feb 28th, 2024 by Louis Tatta

Calendar here:
https://www.boost.org/development/


Next deadline:
The master branch will close for the beta next Wednesday.

— The release managers