Boost C++ Libraries

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  • Timer: Event timer, progress timer, and progress display classes.
  • Value Initialized: Wrapper for uniform-syntax value initialization, based on the original idea of David Abrahams.
  • Operators: Templates ease arithmetic classes and iterators.
  • Config: Helps Boost library developers adapt to compiler idiosyncrasies; not intended for library users.
  • Integer: The organization of boost integer headers and classes is designed to take advantage of <stdint.h> types from the 1999 C standard without resorting to undefined behavior in terms of the 1998 C++ standard. The header <boost/cstdint.hpp> makes the standard integer types safely available in namespace boost without placing any names in namespace std.
  • Rational: A rational number class.
  • Type Traits: Templates for fundamental properties of types.
  • Compressed Pair: Empty member optimization.
  • Utility: Class noncopyable plus checked_delete(), checked_array_delete(), next(), prior() function templates, plus base-from-member idiom.
  • Call Traits: Defines types for passing parameters.
  • Random: A complete system for random number generation.
  • Functional: The Boost.Function library contains a family of class templates that are function object wrappers.
  • Array: STL compliant container wrapper for arrays of constant size.
  • Graph: The BGL graph interface and graph components are generic, in the same sense as the the Standard Template Library (STL).
  • Regex: Regular expression library.
  • Python: The Boost Python Library is a framework for interfacing Python and C++. It allows you to quickly and seamlessly expose C++ classes functions and objects to Python, and vice-versa, using no special tools -- just your C++ compiler.
  • Static Assert: Static assertions (compile time assertions).
  • Property Map: Concepts defining interfaces which map key objects to value objects.
  • Concept Check: Tools for generic programming.
  • Conversion: Polymorphic casts.
  • Lexical Cast: General literal text conversions, such as an int represented a string, or vice-versa.
  • Pool: Memory pool management.
  • Test: Support for simple program testing, full unit testing, and for program execution monitoring.
  • Iterator: The Boost Iterator Library contains two parts. The first is a system of concepts which extend the C++ standard iterator requirements. The second is a framework of components for building iterators based on these extended concepts and includes several useful iterator adaptors.
  • Compatibility: Help for non-conforming standard libraries.
  • CRC: The Boost CRC Library provides two implementations of CRC (cyclic redundancy code) computation objects and two implementations of CRC computation functions. The implementations are template-based.
  • Math Quaternion: Quaternions.
  • Smart Ptr: Smart pointer class templates.
  • Function: Function object wrappers for deferred calls or callbacks.
  • Tokenizer: Break of a string or other character sequence into a series of tokens.
  • Any: Safe, generic container for single values of different value types.
  • Math: Boost.Math includes several contributions in the domain of mathematics: The Greatest Common Divisor and Least Common Multiple library provides run-time and compile-time evaluation of the greatest common divisor (GCD) or least common multiple (LCM) of two integers. The Special Functions library currently provides eight templated special functions, in namespace boost. The Complex Number Inverse Trigonometric Functions are the inverses of trigonometric functions currently present in the C++ standard. Quaternions are a relative of complex numbers often used to parameterise rotations in three dimentional space. Octonions, like quaternions, are a relative of complex numbers.
  • Math Octonion: Octonions.
  • Tuple: Ease definition of functions returning multiple values, and more.
  • Bind: boost::bind is a generalization of the standard functions std::bind1st and std::bind2nd. It supports arbitrary function objects, functions, function pointers, and member function pointers, and is able to bind any argument to a specific value or route input arguments into arbitrary positions.
  • Ref: A utility library for passing references to generic functions.
  • Member Function: Generalized binders for function/object/pointers and member functions.
  • Thread: Portable C++ multi-threading. C++11, C++14.
  • Preprocessor: Preprocessor metaprogramming tools including repetition and recursion.
  • Math Common Factor: Greatest common divisor and least common multiple.
  • Assert: Customizable assert macros.
  • Lambda: Define small unnamed function objects at the actual call site, and more.
  • IO State Savers: The I/O sub-library of Boost helps segregate the large number of Boost headers. This sub-library should contain various items to use with/for the standard I/O library.
  • Dynamic Bitset: The dynamic_bitset class represents a set of bits. It provides accesses to the value of individual bits via an operator[] and provides all of the bitwise operators that one can apply to builtin integers, such as operator& and operator<<. The number of bits in the set is specified at runtime via a parameter to the constructor of the dynamic_bitset.
  • Date Time: A set of date-time libraries based on generic programming concepts.
  • uBLAS: uBLAS provides matrix and vector classes as well as basic linear algebra routines. Several dense, packed and sparse storage schemes are supported.
  • Multi-Array: Boost.MultiArray provides a generic N-dimensional array concept definition and common implementations of that interface.
  • Format: The format library provides a type-safe mechanism for formatting arguments according to a printf-like format-string.
  • Signals (deprecated): Managed signals & slots callback implementation.
  • Interval: Extends the usual arithmetic functions to mathematical intervals.
  • MPL: The Boost.MPL library is a general-purpose, high-level C++ template metaprogramming framework of compile-time algorithms, sequences and metafunctions. It provides a conceptual foundation and an extensive set of powerful and coherent tools that make doing explict metaprogramming in C++ as easy and enjoyable as possible within the current language.
  • Optional: A value-semantic, type-safe wrapper for representing 'optional' (or 'nullable') objects of a given type. An optional object may or may not contain a value of the underlying type.
  • Spirit: LL parser framework represents parsers directly as EBNF grammars in inlined C++.
  • Filesystem: The Boost Filesystem Library provides portable facilities to query and manipulate paths, files, and directories.
  • Enable If: Selective inclusion of function template overloads.
  • Variant: Safe, generic, stack-based discriminated union container.
  • Tribool: 3-state boolean type library.
  • Multi-Index: The Boost Multi-index Containers Library provides a class template named multi_index_container which enables the construction of containers maintaining one or more indices with different sorting and access semantics.
  • Result Of: Determines the type of a function call expression.
  • In Place Factory, Typed In Place Factory: Generic in-place construction of contained objects with a variadic argument-list.
  • Assign: Filling containers with constant or generated data has never been easier.
  • String Algo: String algorithms library.
  • Min-Max: Standard library extensions for simultaneous min/max and min/max element computations.
  • Program Options: The program_options library allows program developers to obtain program options, that is (name, value) pairs from the user, via conventional methods such as command line and config file.
  • Numeric Conversion: Optimized Policy-based Numeric Conversions.
  • Serialization: Serialization for persistence and marshalling.
  • Range: A new infrastructure for generic algorithms that builds on top of the new iterator concepts.
  • Pointer Container: Containers for storing heap-allocated polymorphic objects to ease OO-programming.
  • Iostreams: Boost.IOStreams provides a framework for defining streams, stream buffers and i/o filters.
  • Wave: The Boost.Wave library is a Standards conformant, and highly configurable implementation of the mandated C99/C++ preprocessor functionality packed behind an easy to use iterator interface.
  • Parameter: Boost.Parameter Library - Write functions that accept arguments by name.
  • Functional/Hash: A TR1 hash function object that can be extended to hash user defined types.
  • Statechart: Boost.Statechart - Arbitrarily complex finite state machines can be implemented in easily readable and maintainable C++ code.
  • Foreach: In C++, writing a loop that iterates over a sequence is tedious. We can either use iterators, which requires a considerable amount of boiler-plate, or we can use the std::for_each() algorithm and move our loop body into a predicate, which requires no less boiler-plate and forces us to move our logic far from where it will be used. In contrast, some other languages, like Perl, provide a dedicated "foreach" construct that automates this process. BOOST_FOREACH is just such a construct for C++. It iterates over sequences for us, freeing us from having to deal directly with iterators or write predicates.
  • Xpressive: Regular expressions that can be written as strings or as expression templates, and which can refer to each other and themselves recursively with the power of context-free grammars.
  • Typeof: Typeof operator emulation.
  • System: Operating system support, including the diagnostics support that will be part of the C++0x standard library.
  • MPI: Message Passing Interface library, for use in distributed-memory parallel application programming.
  • Math/Special Functions: A wide selection of mathematical special functions.
  • Fusion: Library for working with tuples, including various containers, algorithms, etc.
  • Circular Buffer: A STL compliant container also known as ring or cyclic buffer.
  • Intrusive: Intrusive containers and algorithms.
  • Math/Statistical Distributions: A wide selection of univariate statistical distributions and functions that operate on them.
  • Bimap: Bidirectional maps library for C++. With Boost.Bimap you can create associative containers in which both types can be used as key.
  • Asio: Portable networking and other low-level I/O, including sockets, timers, hostname resolution, socket iostreams, serial ports, file descriptors and Windows HANDLEs.
  • GIL: Generic Image Library
  • Interprocess: Shared memory, memory mapped files, process-shared mutexes, condition variables, containers and allocators.
  • Function Types: Boost.FunctionTypes provides functionality to classify, decompose and synthesize function, function pointer, function reference and pointer to member types.
  • Exception: The Boost Exception library supports transporting of arbitrary data in exception objects, and transporting of exceptions between threads.
  • Accumulators: Framework for incremental calculation, and collection of statistical accumulators.
  • Unordered: Unordered associative containers.
  • Units: Zero-overhead dimensional analysis and unit/quantity manipulation and conversion.
  • Proto: Expression template library and compiler construction toolkit for domain-specific embedded languages.
  • Swap: Enhanced generic swap function.
  • Scope Exit: Execute arbitrary code at scope exit.
  • Flyweight: Design pattern to manage large quantities of highly redundant objects.
  • Signals2: Managed signals & slots callback implementation (thread-safe version 2).
  • GraphParallel: The PBGL graph interface and graph components are generic, in the same sense as the the Standard Template Library (STL).
  • Property Tree: A tree data structure especially suited to storing configuration data.
  • Uuid: A universally unique identifier.
  • Functional/Forward: Adapters to allow generic function objects to accept arbitrary arguments
  • Functional/Factory: Function object templates for dynamic and static object creation
  • Meta State Machine: A very high-performance library for expressive UML2 finite state machines.
  • Polygon: Voronoi diagram construction and booleans/clipping, resizing/offsetting and more for planar polygons with integral coordinates.
  • ICL: Interval Container Library, interval sets and maps and aggregation of associated values
  • Phoenix: Define small unnamed function objects at the actual call site, and more.
  • Chrono: Useful time utilities. C++11.
  • Geometry: The Boost.Geometry library provides geometric algorithms, primitives and spatial index.
  • Ratio: Compile time rational arithmetic. C++11.
  • Container: Standard library containers and extensions.
  • Locale: Provide localization and Unicode handling tools for C++.
  • Move: Portable move semantics for C++03 and C++11 compilers.
  • Heap: Priority queue data structures.
  • Identity Type: Wrap types within round parenthesis so they can always be passed as macro parameters.
  • Local Function: Program functions locally, within other functions, directly within the scope where they are needed.
  • Algorithm: A collection of useful generic algorithms.
  • Functional/Overloaded Function: Overload different functions into a single function object.
  • Context: (C++11) Context switching library.
  • Lockfree: Lockfree data structures.
  • Odeint: Solving ordinary differential equations.
  • Atomic: C++11-style atomic<>.
  • Multiprecision: Extended precision arithmetic types for floating point, integer andrational arithmetic.
  • Coroutine (deprecated): Coroutine library.
  • Type Erasure: Runtime polymorphism based on concepts.
  • Log: Logging library.
  • TTI: Type Traits Introspection library.
  • Predef: This library defines a set of compiler, architecture, operating system, library, and other version numbers from the information it can gather of C, C++, Objective C, and Objective C++ predefined macros or those defined in generally available headers.
  • ThrowException: A common infrastructure for throwing exceptions from Boost libraries.
  • Align: Memory alignment functions, allocators, and traits.
  • Type Index: Runtime/Compile time copyable type info.
  • Core: A collection of simple core utilities with minimal dependencies.
  • Endian: Types and conversion functions for correct byte ordering and more regardless of processor endianness.
  • Sort: High-performance templated sort functions.
  • Coroutine2: (C++11) Coroutine library.
  • Convert: An extendible and configurable type-conversion framework.
  • VMD: Variadic Macro Data library.
  • DLL: Library for comfortable work with DLL and DSO.
  • Hana: A modern C++ metaprogramming library. It provides high level algorithms to manipulate heterogeneous sequences, allows writing type-level computations with a natural syntax, provides tools to introspect user-defined types and much more.
  • Metaparse: A library for generating compile time parsers parsing embedded DSL code as part of the C++ compilation process
  • Compute: Parallel/GPU-computing library
  • QVM: Boost QVM is a generic library for working with quaternions, vectors and matrices of static size with the emphasis on 2, 3 and 4-dimensional operations needed in graphics, video games and simulation applications.
  • Fiber: (C++11) Userland threads library.
  • Process: Library to create processes in a portable way.
  • Stacktrace: Gather, store, copy and print backtraces.
  • PolyCollection: Fast containers of polymorphic objects.
  • CallableTraits: A spiritual successor to Boost.FunctionTypes, Boost.CallableTraits is a header-only C++11 library for the compile-time inspection and manipulation of all 'callable' types. Additional support for C++17 features.
  • Mp11: A C++11 metaprogramming library.
  • Beast: Portable HTTP, WebSocket, and network operations using only C++11 and Boost.Asio