Robust, Lightweight, Cross-platform, Template Software.
The philosophy of STLSoft is very simple: providing robust and lightweight software to the development community. The main STLSoft project, STLSoft itself (located at the site you are viewing now) provides cross-platform, technology/API-neutral classes and functions that stand on their own and are useful as independent libraries. They also support the other sub-projects (COMSTL, UNIXSTL, WinSTL, etc.) which are targeted at specific operating systems, technologies and APIs.
The philosophy of COMSTL is essentially the same as that of the STLSoft organisation: providing robust and lightweight software to the Component Object Model (COM) development community. COMSTL provides template-based software that builds on that provided by COM and STLSoft in order to reduce programmer effort and increase robustness in the use of the COM.
In addition, some parts of the libraries exhibit different behaviour when translated in different contexts, such as with
_WIN32_DCOM defined, or with
iaccess.h include. In all cases the libraries function correctly in whatever context they are compiled.
|These macros are used for debugging / contract-enforcement. |
|These macros are used to handle difference in support of certain keywords between translators. |
|Code Modification Macros|
|These macros are used to help out where compiler differences are so great as to cause great disgusting messes in the class/function implementations. |
|These macros abstract casts, representing the C++ casts in C++ compilation units, and C-casts in C compilation units. |
|These macros abstract inline. |
|Pointer Manipulation Functions|
|These functions assist in calculations with, and the manipulation of, pointers. |
|These functions assist in the manipulation of cv-qualifiers. |