STLplus was originally intended as a library to extend the STL by
providing missing container data structures such as smart-pointers,
matrices, trees and graphs.
On the way it became a collection point for other general-purpose
code. The most significant of these is the data persistance functions
which allow any C++ data structure to be made serialisable.
Since v3.0 the library has been split into a collection of 5
libraries. The idea is that some of these can be used stand-alone. For
example, the extension data structures can be used without the rest of
STLplus by just using the containers library.
The source code for the STLplus library collection can be downloaded
from the Sourceforge website:
Download the latest 'stlplus3' project.
If you are going to be using gcc make to compile the stlplus3 project,
also download the latest version of the 'makefiles' project from the same place.
You can also access the STLplus library using CVS, follow the
instructions for anonymous access:
Then checkout the 'stlplus3' module and optionally the 'makefiles'
module alongside it - the makefiles module should be installed in the same
directory as the stlplus3 module.
Changes and Versions
For details of the different versions and the changes between them,
see the changes log:
The top-level directory is set up for using STLplus as a library collection. Each
library in the colection is be found in a subdirectory:
The documentation is in the 'docs' directory and starts with index.html.
Build files for IDEs are found in the 'ide' directory, but the gcc
command-line tools use make and the makefiles are kept in the library
To build the STLplus3 library collection as 5 separate libraries, use
either gnu make at the top level for gcc, or the project files in the
'ide/' directory for Borland or Microsoft compilers.
The Makefile used by gnu make requires the makefiles project, which is available from
the same SourceForge site that you downloaded the STLplus library
The makefiles module should be installed in the same directory as the
The 'source' directory is provided with script files that allow the library
collection to be merged into one large library - termed the monolithic build.
To build the monolithic STLplus3 library, use either make in the
source directory for gcc, or the project files ending in '_monolithic'
in the 'ide/' directory for Borland or Microsoft compilers.
You may need to run the make_monolithic script from within the source directory
(i.e. from a command shell). This is run automatically when using gnu
make, but not necessarily by the other IDEs.
For more details about building the collection, see: