Why does sum not work in static arrays?

Tim K. via Digitalmars-d-learn digitalmars-d-learn at puremagic.com
Sun Dec 6 04:23:05 PST 2015

Hi! I have the following code:

     int main(string[] argv)
         import std.algorithm: sum;
         import std.stdio: writeln;

         uint[3] a1 = [1, 2, 3];
         uint[] a2;
         for (int i = 1; i <= 3; ++i)
             a2 ~= i;

         writeln("a1: ", sum(a1));
         writeln("a2: ", sum(a2));
         return 0;

This throws the error:
dummy.d(11): Error: template std.algorithm.iteration.sum cannot 
deduce function from argument types !()(uint[3]), candidates are:
std.algorithm.iteration.sum(R)(R r) if (isInputRange!R && 
!isInfinite!R && is(typeof(r.front + r.front)))
std.algorithm.iteration.sum(R, E)(R r, E seed) if (isInputRange!R 
&& !isInfinite!R && is(typeof(seed = seed + r.front)))

So a dynamic array works just fine. In fact, if I uncomment the 
line in question the program compiles and outputs the correct 
value (for a2). Why does "sum" not work on static arrays?


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