Development Best Practices

This section contains guidance on how to reduce development time from concept through to publishing of a new library.

Beneficial Dependencies

Some libraries are published with the intended primary audience, or in some cases the sole audience, being developers of other libraries. These libraries are published to make some of the time consuming and awkward processes of Boost-compliance easier. It is good practice for a new library developer to read the introductions to each of these libraries, and ascertain if they might be of value to the library they are developing.

Library Description


Helps Boost library developers adapt to compiler idiosyncrasies. The range of macros can be extended, if required, with Boost.Predef.


A collection of simple core utilities with minimal dependencies. The range of utilities can be extended, if required, with Boost.Utility


Customizable assert macros.


A common infrastructure for throwing exceptions from Boost libraries.


Provides a template metaprogramming framework, useful if metaprogramming is a feature of your new library.

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