Top Five World’s Most Underrated Programming Languages

Bienlein ffm2002 at
Wed Jan 23 14:37:30 UTC 2019

On Wednesday, 23 January 2019 at 14:14:06 UTC, bachmeier wrote:
> I've made this comparison many times before, but I'll do it 
> again...
> Look at what Rust offers as documentation for Cargo:
> This is what you get with Dub:
> One is professional documentation, the other was something 
> hacked together by a sixth grader over the weekend. The Dub 
> documentation is good through the part demonstrating `dub 
> init`, then it falls apart. It talks about two configuration 
> file formats - not one, but two ("use whichever you prefer") 
> and I have no idea there is even a discussion of configuration 
> file formats at that point. Then there's a link to this word 
> dump
> Noticeably absent: how I'm supposed to *use* Dub. Where do I 
> put my source files? How do I add dependencies? Have you ever 
> heard of an example?
> Then a little below that is a link to this page: 
> I wonder what that is for. Can't 
> make heads or tails out of that.
> This is *introduction to the language*. If someone sees that 
> and doesn't run away, there's something wrong. I most 
> definitely would have gone with Rust if it had been usable when 
> I started using D. The Dub documentation makes it really hard 
> to bring in users - and makes Rust look like a sane language in 
> comparison.

This is all true, but you need to keep in mind that Go had no 
real package manager for a long time. There was the "go get" 
command which loaded the code from some github repo in the state 
it was at the time when being loaded. There was no version 
control. Nobody really cared (the vendor stuff in Go was added 
with Go 1.10 or 1.11). Goroutines were the killer feature of the 
language that paved the way, because this was badly needed for 
writing server-side software.

I don't think D will have some killer app in the mid-term future. 
So what is left is to put a killer feature into the language like 
CSP or safe manual memory management or something.

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