On Monday, 7 March 2022 at 20:45:13 UTC, David wrote:>
I am wondering which companies still use D actively? For example, does Mercedes Benz Research (heavily) rely on D? I am aware of the page https://dlang.org/orgs-using-d.html but I am not sure how active these companies still are in using D. E.g. has not been updated for nearly 2 years.
I would also suspect that using D in common user-oriented software (like, business tools with GUI) is barely possible because of his inconsistent ecosystem. I mean, D has "high-level things" like GC and stuff, nice syntax, powerful templates and looks awesome for a software that "just works" like Java... But at the same time devs went into "have a better C" trip shrinking the language to a subset, accepted DIPs are not implemented for years, stdlib has some amount of legacy/experimental/deprecated/unwanted code, C++ interfacing is limited... After all, you have neither production-ready D-native tools (because for different reasons it got no enough traction), nor can use existing ones from C++ world, only C if you are lucky to find those and wish to play with building cross-language projects. After spending some time it's just easier to go back to Qt/C++, Swing/Java, Electron/JS, etc.
Having all of those "GC or no GC", "classes or no classes", "exceptions or error codes", etc does not help either.
(Everything was written based on impressions of naive language user just watching language patchnotes, news feeds and rare forum visits)