C++ 11 brought us closer to the operating system without having to directly use the operating system's API with the C++ Thread support library. Now C++ 17 is going to include a File system support library and a Networking support library.
What I'm trying to say is that in my opinion it is the programming language that should give you access to the resources of an operating system rather than the API because that way you can write truly platform independent code as apposed to using cross-platform libraries. What's your opinion?
My opinion is that nine times out of ten the OS API is going to be faster due to lack of abstraction... However the standard libraries are likely to just implement those API and chances are good that the programmers of the standard library are going to be much more adept at writing efficient code than you or I am. So I guess I'm conflicted on it.
truly platform independent code as opposed to using cross-platform libraries
are you saying that using libraries such as SFML that are multi-platform is not platform independent? After all, any C++ standard library that uses platform specific code within itself will not automatically work on a new operating system if it wasn't designed to. What I'm saying is if these libraries will be better than current multi-platform libraries then good, but as they surely won't be conclusively better, they're just more libraries in a growing list of libraries to do that task and we can't know whether they should be used over pre-existing libraries until they are released.
I wouldn't be surprised if both of these additions are from the boost libraries, they've already adopted a fair amount from boost, and the filesystem seems like a perfectly good library when I've been using it for small things...
I believe boost also has networking in boost.asio?
Either way I can't see this being a bad thing, if anything it means more programmers are going to use the same libraries and better understand each others code by relying on the standard libraries instead of each programmer wanting to include their own preferred 3rd party libraries.