Subject: Re: [isocpp-lib-ext] std::colony name brainstorming
From: Ville Voutilainen (ville.voutilainen_at_[hidden])
Date: 2021-02-10 00:03:37
On Wed, 10 Feb 2021 at 03:10, Jeff Garland
> Well, letâs see about that. Iâve been quietly reading this chain because my first reaction to the name of this collection was basically âwutâ (it wasnât that nice actually, but keeping it PG). The house and room analogy is a stretch for me. Houses and rooms build up to neighborhoods â houses and neighborhoods arenât very dynamic â this collection is built for change. And then thereâs the whole âhistory of colonizationâ meta topic wrt the name.
Well, old houses are demolished, new ones are built. I fail to see how
houses and neighborhoods aren't dynamic.
> So letâs do some other analysis. If we put âcolonyâ into google, weâre not going to find plf::colony at all â in fact weâre not going to find any results related to computer science in any way. Put in âcolony computingâ or âcolony data structure' â interestingly, and I think unfortunately for this name, âant colony optimizationâ comes up (new to me today). This data structure is unrelated to these optimization algorithms â since they are graph traversal algorithms. My conclusion is that the name is completely novel, possibly misleading, and not obvious to the target audience (computer scientists).
When I google for "colony c++", plf::colony is the first hit. What do
you mean by suggesting that the target audience
here is computer scientists? I have a very different target audience
for colony - programmers. When toying
with the idea of changing the name, we need to consider whether the
suggested alternative name is as
good as colony is after being given the room/house explanation, not
before that explanation is given, as far
as I care.
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