On Friday, 15 September 2023 at 17:39:41 UTC, M.M. wrote:
In February there were some exciting news on the usage of dlang within serpent-os linux distribution, quite a large open source project of Ikey Doherty and the team around him.
Unfortunately, the project decided to leave dlang behind, and to embrace golang and rust instead... in part due to some hiccups in dlang and due to contributors pushing for more mainstream languages:
Pity that it did not succeed. It would be a great showcase for the marvelous dlang.
Ikey seems to still want to use D, so the main driving factor is the contributors, i wonder what are the exact reasons, pseudo memory safety can't be the only reason
To be honest, I wouldn't blame contributors for looking at more mainstream languages, who still want to do their switch cases this way:
result = do_something_a();
result = do_something_b();
result = do_something_c();
When other languages have it cleaner:
result = switch (it)
Improving ergonomics won't necessarily attract people, probably not, but i'm pretty sure that'll make contributors of existing projects not request to change language because the ergonomics are so poor
Even C# understand that and made the appropriate changes across their language and even improve their compiler to avoid the urge to switch to Go (NativeAOT), even Java made appropriate language changes in hope to stay relevant, why only D should be frozen? Acting like the world depend on D
D has many benefits, but some areas need lot of love, this reminds me of this dude in an online chat, he said the reason why he stick to Rust was because of Rust's enum.. not because of memory safety
Hopefully more wake up calls like this one will resonate with the D foundation