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  • PEGTL

    Parsing Expression Grammar Template Library

    As a professional C++ programmer I feel a lot of the reasons C++ gets this response is because it's simply not "batteries included" like Go or Rust.

    C++ is a very powerful, unopinionated language, that gives you a lot of freedom to attack your problem domain the way you best see fit.

    If you're writing a networked application, don't use POSIX sockets, go and find a higher level library. If you're parsing complex text formats, don't iterate over buffers with char*'s, go pick up PEGTL[0]. If you're working on graphs, or need to properly index in-memory data, go pick up Boost[1][2]. If you need a GUI, go pick up Qt.

    It's extremely common in C++, due to the lack of a universal package management solution, for people to try and "muddle through" and do shit themselves when it's far outside their core competency.

    At one of my last employers, the core product was parsing JSON with std::regex, simply because they couldn't be bothered to integrate a JSON library.

    [0] https://github.com/taocpp/PEGTL

    [1] https://www.boost.org/doc/libs/1_76_0/libs/graph/

    [2] https://www.boost.org/doc/libs/1_76_0/libs/multi_index/doc/i...

  • xee

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    It's also the one with the famous rant, "PSD is not my favourite file format": https://github.com/gco/xee/blob/7aec0d65f776fa59c58eb6cf163b...

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