Fernando Cacciola, Darren Cook, Beman Dawes, Jeremy Maitin-Shepard and Daryle Walker from the Boost mailing list provided useful suggestions for improvement on the first alpha releases of the library. Gang Wang discovered several bugs in the code. Thomas Wenisch brought out the idea of "sequence sets" from which sequenced indices were designed. Giovanni Bajo, Chris Little and Maxim Yegorushkin tested the library on several platforms. Daniel Wallin contributed fixes for MSVC++ 7.0. Ron Liechty and the support staff at Metrowerks provided assistance during the porting of the library to CW 8.3. Porting to VisualAge 6.0 counted on Toon Knapen's help. Markus Schöpflin aided with Compaq C++ 6.5 and GCC for Tru64 UNIX. Rosa Bernárdez proofread the last versions of the tutorial.
Pavel Voženílek has been immensely helpful in thoroughly reviewing every single bit of the library, and he also suggested several extra functionalities, most notably range querying, safe mode, polymorphic key extractors and MPL support. Thank you!
The Boost acceptance review took place between March 20th and 30th 2004. Pavel Voženílek was the review manager. Thanks to all the people who participated and specially to those who submitted reviews: Fredrik Blomqvist, Tom Brinkman, Paul A Bristow, Darren Cook, Jeff Garland, David B. Held, Brian McNamara, Gary Powell, Rob Stewart, Arkadiy Vertleyb, Jörg Walter. Other Boost members also contributed ideas, particularly in connection with the library's naming scheme: Pavol Droba, Dave Gomboc, Jeremy Maitin-Shepard, Thorsten Ottosen, Matthew Vogt, Daryle Walker. My apologies if I inadvertently left somebody out of this list.
Boost.MultiIndex could not have been written without Aleksey Gurtovoy et al. superb Boost MPL Library. Also, Aleksey's techniques for dealing with ETI-related problems in MSVC++ 6.0 helped solve some internal issues of the library.
The internal implementation of red-black trees is based on that of SGI STL stl_tree.h file:
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I would like to dedicate this piece of work to Rosa Bernárdez, my very first
C++ teacher, for her unconditional support in many endeavors of which programming is
by no means the most important. In memory of my cat López (2001-2003): he
lived too fast, died too young.
Many thanks again to Pavel Voženílek, who has carefully reviewed the new material and suggested many improvements. The design of hashed indices has benefited from discussions with several Boost members, most notably Howard Hinnant and Daniel James. Daniel has also contributed Boost.Hash to the community: hashed indices depend on this library as their default hash function provider. Robert Ramey's Boost Serialization Library provides the very solid framework upon which Boost.MultiIndex serialization capabilities are built. Toon Knapen helped adjust the library for VisualAge 6.0. Markus Schöpflin provided a Jamfile tweak for GCC under Tru64 UNIX.
Thanks go to Pavel Voženílek for his useful comments and suggestions during the development of this release, and to Rosa Bernárdez for reviewing the new material in the documentation. Alo Sarv suggested a notational improvement in the specification of partial searches with composite keys. Maxim Yegorushkin proposed a valuable spatial optimization for ordered indices and provided figures of its impact on performance for containers with large numbers of elements. Caleb Epstein performed the tests under MSVC++ 8.0 described in the performance section. The following people have reported bugs and problems with previous versions and prereleases of the library: Alexei Alexandrov, Matías Capeletto, John Eddy, Martin Eigel, Guillaume Lazzara, Felipe Magno de Almeida, Julien Pervillé, Hubert Schmid, Toby Smith.
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long development sessions and his occasional contributions to the source
Revised December 21st 2006
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