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November 15, 2012
D is awesome
Hey guys!

I just wanted to say that D is really really really awesome and I wanted
to thank everyone contributing to it.

I think what D needs the most at the moment is bug fixing so I am very
pleased to read the commit messages:

Fixed bug ...
Fixed bug ...
Fixed bug ...
Fixed bug ...
.....

Coming from many different contributors. Also every bug I stumbled upon
until now had already been reported before, which means that D has a
very active and not too small user base already. I like that.

I just wanted to post this, because most of the time people post just
what not works or about possible improvements. But at least from time to
time one should lean back and smile on all the stuff people have
accomplished so far.

So my final words: D is awesome. vibe.d is awesome. Thank you! And of
course lets work together and make it even better.
November 15, 2012
Re: D is awesome
On Thursday, 15 November 2012 at 11:07:05 UTC, eskimo wrote:
> Hey guys!
>
> I just wanted to say that D is really really really awesome and 
> I wanted
> to thank everyone contributing to it.
>
> I think what D needs the most at the moment is bug fixing so I 
> am very
> pleased to read the commit messages:
>
> Fixed bug ...
> Fixed bug ...
> Fixed bug ...
> Fixed bug ...
> .....
>
> Coming from many different contributors. Also every bug I 
> stumbled upon
> until now had already been reported before, which means that D 
> has a
> very active and not too small user base already. I like that.
>
> I just wanted to post this, because most of the time people 
> post just
> what not works or about possible improvements. But at least 
> from time to
> time one should lean back and smile on all the stuff people have
> accomplished so far.
>
> So my final words: D is awesome. vibe.d is awesome. Thank you! 
> And of
> course lets work together and make it even better.

I wish I could click [Like it] ;)
November 15, 2012
Re: D is awesome
On Thursday, 15 November 2012 at 11:07:05 UTC, eskimo wrote:
> Hey guys!
>
> I just wanted to say that D is really really really awesome and 
> I wanted
> to thank everyone contributing to it.
>
> I think what D needs the most at the moment is bug fixing so I 
> am very
> pleased to read the commit messages:
>
> Fixed bug ...
> Fixed bug ...
> Fixed bug ...
> Fixed bug ...
> .....
>
> Coming from many different contributors. Also every bug I 
> stumbled upon
> until now had already been reported before, which means that D 
> has a
> very active and not too small user base already. I like that.
>
> I just wanted to post this, because most of the time people 
> post just
> what not works or about possible improvements. But at least 
> from time to
> time one should lean back and smile on all the stuff people have
> accomplished so far.
>
> So my final words: D is awesome. vibe.d is awesome. Thank you! 
> And of
> course lets work together and make it even better.

I'll ditto what you said. I came across two troublesome bugs 
rather quickly as soon as I started doing some of the more meaty 
D stuff, and that really worried me a lot. But I got same day 
support from members of the D community, and found work-a-rounds 
quickly, and both bugs have been reported as fixed in master only 
a couple of days later.

That kind of activity gives me a warm fuzzy feeling to continue 
my "gamble" to invest in D. In my case, I'm working on a 
real-world app that pays the bills, so I do have a few people who 
are eye-balling my insane decision favoring "experimental" D over 
"tried-and-true" C++. If D delivers, we'll likely not do C++ 
again unless we really REALLY have too.

I do however see some significant hurdles to overcome, such as 
fixing the issues surrounding the GC, which include problems with 
getting dynamic libs and plugins to work correctly. I know 
there's more to the list of significant issues, but these are 
problem areas that I'd like to see get resolved sooner than later.

PS: The ddoc thing using candydoc is f***ing amazing! Just tried 
it yesterday, and I love the idea of embedded documentation. By 
chance, anyone know how to create PDF's?

--rt
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