In "Rust and Other Interesting Things", Bryan Cantrill talks about the importance of a programming language's values.
Values, he says, are the things a language prioritizes--the things it chooses when difficult tradeoffs have to be made. For example: everyone agrees that both "safety" and "performance" are valuable, but when forced to choose, some languages (Java, Python) are willing to trade away some performance for additional safety, whereas others (C, C++) would rather give up safety to gain performance.
When we're choosing a programming language, Cantrill tells us, choosing one with the right values is just as important as choosing one with the right features and ecosystem--because values are what determine how those features and ecosystem will develop over time.
One slide in his presentation contains a list of things that a programming language might value:
Approachability Integrity Robustness Availability Maintainability Safety Compatibility Measurability Security Composability Operability Simplicity Debuggability Performance Stability Expressiveness Portability Thoroughness Extensibility Resiliency Transparency Interoperability Rigor Velocity
I thought it might be fun to ask the D community: which of the above values do you think are the most important to D? Choose no more than 5, and reply with your answer!
I've put my answer below, encoded using ROT13. Try to come up with your own answer before you read mine, to avoid biasing yourself.
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