Using Boost 1.48.0 with CodeBlocks 10.05

Whenever you work with the material in C++ All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies it’s always best to use the version of the software that the book is written to use. For the current version of the book, that means using CodeBlocks 8.02 and Boost 1.39.0. However, some readers really do want to use the most current version of the software and I can understand why they’d want to do so. That’s why I wrote a series of posts discussing the use of CodeBlocks 10.05:



Part 8 of this series of posts says that I’ve tested the book’s code with a combination of CodeBlocks 10.05 and Boost 1.47.0. Since that time, the makers of Boost have come out with another version of the product and a few readers have questioned me about it. I’ve verified that the compiler does in fact work with Boost 1.48.0 as well. So, you can use CodeBlocks 10.05 and Boost 1.48.0 together.

That said, some of the procedures found in the book for performing tasks such as building the tools are unlikely to work without modification. For example, on page 679 I tell you how to build Boost Jam. This tool no longer exists in 1.48.0, so naturally that directory is missing and the procedure won’t work. If you plan to use Boost 1.48.0, you’ll need to modify the procedures in the book to match your setup. I’ll rewrite these procedures to work with the latest version of the software during the next book update.

There is one important change you need to know about in order to successfully build the applications using Boost 1.48.0. Look on page 693 and you see a procedure for adding the Boost directory to the search directories list. You must change the directory to match the installation directory for Boost 1.48.0. The book assumes you’re using Boost 1.39.0 and uses that directory in the procedure. Other than this change, the example should work just fine.

If anyone does run across a problem using Boost 1.48.0, I’d love to know about it. Please contact me at with details about the problem you’re having and I’ll do my best to solve it.


Author: John

John Mueller is a freelance author and technical editor. He has writing in his blood, having produced 99 books and over 600 articles to date. The topics range from networking to artificial intelligence and from database management to heads-down programming. Some of his current books include a Web security book, discussions of how to manage big data using data science, a Windows command -line reference, and a book that shows how to build your own custom PC. His technical editing skills have helped over more than 67 authors refine the content of their manuscripts. John has provided technical editing services to both Data Based Advisor and Coast Compute magazines. He has also contributed articles to magazines such as Software Quality Connection, DevSource, InformIT, SQL Server Professional, Visual C++ Developer, Hard Core Visual Basic, asp.netPRO, Software Test and Performance, and Visual Basic Developer. Be sure to read John’s blog at When John isn’t working at the computer, you can find him outside in the garden, cutting wood, or generally enjoying nature. John also likes making wine and knitting. When not occupied with anything else, he makes glycerin soap and candles, which comes in handy for gift baskets. You can reach John on the Internet at John is also setting up a website at Feel free to take a look and make suggestions on how he can improve it.