[vtk-developers] Plan to make CMake 3.3 and C++11 required
alexis.girault at kitware.com
Mon Jan 16 16:47:55 EST 2017
Awesome! Will there be any interest to transition to the c++11 smart
pointers (shared, weak, unique)?
On Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 5:18 PM, Robert Maynard <robert.maynard at kitware.com>
> We have merged in the branch to require CMake 3.3 today. So I will be
> keeping an eye on the dashboard machines and updating machines over
> the next couple of days.
> I also expect to have a MR open end of this week that will explicitly
> enable C++11 with a goal to have that merged in on Monday Jan 16.
> On Wed, Jan 4, 2017 at 2:06 PM, Robert Maynard
> <robert.maynard at kitware.com> wrote:
> > As we start a new year, it is time to announce that we are planning on
> > rolling out a series of updates to VTK that are starting with the update
> > of the minimum required CMake version.
> > We have chosen CMake 3.3 as the minimum required version for numerous
> > the most important of those reasons being:
> > - It is the first CMake release that offers C++11 support for all four
> > compilers ( GCC / MSVC / Clang / XCode ). 
> > - The CMake version is sufficiently new enough that it allows for a
> > of the existing CMake infrastructure. The current CMake minimum version
> > requires VTK to maintain forks of numerous FindPackages and Modules
> that are
> > part of newer CMake versions.
> > - Supports HTTPS downloads, with all the official binaries come with
> > Allowing for migration of external data to a HTTPS only server.
> Something we
> > are going to require in the near future. 
> > As mentioned above this year we have a series of upgrades planned to VTK
> > require moving the minimum CMake version to 3.3. The most significant
> > of these changes to all developers is the requirement of a C++11 capable
> > compiler.
> > Yes you heard that correct, VTK is going to soon require a C++11 capable
> > compiler. To be more exact we are going to require a compiler that
> > the significant majority of the C++11 language and runtime additions.
> The exact
> > versions for each compiler have not been set in stone, but a rough
> > would be:
> > - GCC 4.8+
> > - Clang 3.3+
> > - XCode 5.0+
> > - MSVC 2013+
> > As we progress through the year, I expect a more concrete list of
> > compilers will be determined and documented.
> > Now the roll out for C++11 support is going to happen in multiple stages
> > with an initial plan being:
> > Stage 1: We require CMake 3.3, upgrade all dashboards, work through
> > reported issues with the version bump
> > Stage 2: Explicitly enable C++11 compiler flags during CMake
> > configuration. Again
> > we will have to upgrade/retire dashboards, work through
> > reported issues.
> > Stage 3: Update the VTK Coding Standards for C++11.
> > Stage 4: Allow C++11 to be used in VTK ( outside currently permitted
> usage ).
> > Notes:
> > 1 - If you are using a different compiler vendor than one of those
> listed above
> > please see if it is currently supported
> > ( https://cmake.org/cmake/help/v3.7/manual/cmake-compile-
> features.7.html ).
> > If the vendor is not explicitly listed please contact me, so we can
> > what options are available.
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