clayasaurus clayasaurus at gmail.com
Fri Jun 30 16:48:12 PDT 2006

John Reimer wrote:
> Deewiant wrote:
>> Deewiant wrote:
>>> Sean Kelly wrote:
>>>> I've become convinced that the "default everything to const" method 
>>>> seems ideal, but this seems like something that should really be 
>>>> done before 1.0 if it's going to happen?
>>>> Sean
>>> I agree. Walter posted somewhere in comp.lang.c++.moderated (I think 
>>> it was there) that he thinks he should have made D like this from the 
>>> start, but that it's too late now. With that, I disagree. We're not 
>>> at 1.0 yet: it's not
>>>  too late to break even every single line of D code out there.
>> I found the post in question, BTW. Here's the Google Groups link:
>> http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.c++.moderated/tree/browse_frm/thread/d6695737a74e1853/18dc841928a6eee3?rnum=131&_done=%2Fgroup%2Fcomp.lang.c%2B%2B.moderated%2Fbrowse_frm%2Fthread%2Fd6695737a74e1853%2F840b0deea2987ee5%3Flnk%3Dst%26rnum%3D1%26#doc_3ff8dedacef55e17 
>> In summary:
>> Andrei Alexandrescu says "Why, then, didn't D make const the default? 
>> C++ had a
>> good reason - C compatibility."
>> Walter responds: "I should have. Too much water under the bridge for 
>> that now."
>> In the same post Walter also acknowledges that "There has been some 
>> talk in the
>> D newsgroups of doing that, but it has the potential to be extremely 
>> disruptive."
> Absolutely. we definitely need it.  Walter, I hope you will reconsider. 
>  Many of us are more than willing to accept any of those potential 
> disruptions.  Success often comes only with risk. :)
> You've got this far with such an incredible language, why not take it 
> all the way?
> -JJR

If it makes D better then add it. This goes for any feature. Of course 
discuss disrupting features on the NG first.

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