Non-ugly ways to implement a 'static' class or namespace?

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Sat Feb 11 03:05:35 UTC 2023

On Saturday, 11 February 2023 at 02:18:48 UTC, thebluepandabear 
>> What attracts me to D, is the inability to program outside of 
>> a class in C#. I think they are trying to find ways to make 
>> this happen, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
> programming outside of a class is overrated though in my 
> opinion. i've never seen a usecase for it in an object oriented 
> language. Of course Kotlin can do this, which is good, but you 
> can just create utility classes (i.e. `static class` in C#, 
> `final class` in Java with a private ctor, or Kotlin `object`.)

Yes, it's overrated, I agree, especially with C# static classes.

still... in Swift, you can do hello world, just like this:

print("Hello World!");

Of course in C# dotnet 5, you can use top-level statements now:

using System;
Console.WriteLine("Hello World!");

(but that's just syntactic sugar .. the class, main etc. is 
actually generated behind the scenes.) I don't use top-level 
statements though, as find them completely pointless (and 
annoying) in C#.

The shortest syntax in D, for hello workd - as far as I know, is:

import std.stdio;

void main()
     writeln("Hello World!");

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