On Monday, 16 May 2022 at 08:33:08 UTC, Mike Parker wrote:>
I don't think that's true at all. Maybe some people felt the rate of change is to high (others will tell you they want more breakage), but I suspect many D projects and libraries died off because their creators moved on to other things before they got their projects to the state they wanted. You can find countless projects like that in every language ecosystem. They're perhaps more noticeable in ours because we're so small.
It's very easy to start a new project on a whim in any language, but getting it to the state you're aiming for and maintaining it long-term require discipline and commitment. Talk to people who actually maintain projects long-term to see what their take is.
I maintained a personal project that was 60k loc of D for the last 6-7 years. Probably won't pick D again for a long term project again. There was always a new compiler bug whenever I upgraded to a new version of the compiler. I'd try to stick to one version of the compiler, but bug fixes only exist for newer versions. Also a quite a bit of breaking changes, I turned off warnings as errors at some point.
I also remember another instance of someone else here maintaining a D project that was still being used but not actively developed anymore. A fix was made in a newer version of D but they were originally using one several versions behind that their code just wasn't compatible with the new D compiler anymore. The response from Walter was to suggest making a donation to back port the fix.
What they did and what is probably being done by other individuals is to just stick to one version of D, a single release. Then hope you don't come across a bug you need fixed. Not sure who else you meant to ask, but yah long-term develop with D sucks compared to other languages.