September 14
Hello!

My name is Mihaela Chirea and I am a 4th year Computer Engineering student at Politehnica University of Bucharest.

My interest in programming languages lead me to attending a D workshop at Ideas and Projects Workshop in 2019 and D Summer School this year, both held by Eduard Staniloiu and Razvan Nitu. Topics like meta-programming and design by introspection made me curious about how these concepts were implemented, thus increasing my interest in compilers.

For this year's edition of SAoC I will be working on improving dmd as a library, mainly by cleaning up the AST nodes by moving the semantic elements in more suitable places and creating new visitors when needed.
After studying the current state of dmd and identifying the parts I will be working on, I have decided on following this plan:

- Getting used to the structure of the compiler by working on the nodes that don't contain that much semantic information:

Milestone 1:
    - aliasthis.d
    - attrib.d
    - statement.d
    - aggregate.d
    - cond.d
    - staticcond.d
    - nspace.d

- Work on the files where semantic elements either appear often, or the functions in which they appear are used in many other places and therefore more files would need changes

Milestone 2:
    - mtype.d
    - dstruct.d
    - dclass.d
    - denum.d
    - dimport.d

Milestone 3:
    - dsymbol.d
    - expression.d
    - dmodule.d

Milestone 4
    - declaration.d
    - func.d
    - dtemplate.d

However, small changes to this plan may be necessary since other changes to the compiler may raise unexpected issues for this project.

For as much as time allows, and even after the end of this event, I would also work on creating a nice compiler interface, which would become much easier after this refactoring step.
I will be posting weekly updates regarding my progress on this project.

Thanks!
Mihaela
September 15
On Monday, 14 September 2020 at 12:47:42 UTC, Mihaela Chirea wrote:
> Hello!
>
> My name is Mihaela Chirea and I am a 4th year Computer Engineering student at Politehnica University of Bucharest.
>
> [...]
>
> Thanks!
> Mihaela

Good luck! It's a much needed improvement. I see you already joined the dlang slack, if you have any questions, #dmd is the place to go.