What's the current state of D?

Daniel Keep daniel.keep.lists at gmail.com
Sat May 16 20:07:24 PDT 2009

bearophile wrote:
> Leandro Lucarella:
>> I think this is another problem with D, version naming is really confusing and lame. You can't know anything from a D version number.<
> Yes, improving such small things is positive.
> So I suggest to start using a "language.version.releaseStatus" numbering scheme for D2 (and maybe for D2 too).
> So the current D2 becomes:
> 2.0.30alpha
> and the current D1 becomes:
> 1.0.45
> Once D2 gets out of alpha it may become:
> 2.1.0
> Bye,
> bearophile

I don't think this is sufficient.  What we really need is to treat each
part of the version as a complex number.

In this way, non-stable releases can have imaginary components to
distinguish them from release versions.

So the current series of D 2.x compilers would become D 2i.x.  Release
candidates would be D 2i.xi.  And of course, a stable release which has
unreleased modifications could be D 1.x+yi

So much more intuitive than the current system plus a big, red label
reading "WARNING: not stable, do not use."

  -- Daniel

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