Is [] mandatory for array operations?

Don nospam at
Mon May 3 23:55:34 PDT 2010

According to my reading of the spec, array operations only require [] 
after the lvalue, not after any of the rvalues. So this should work:

int[3] x, y;
x[] = y * 2; // should work, but currently fails

But in DMD at present, array operations only work if you write [] after 
_every_ array.
x[] = y[] * 2; // works
.. except in the case of simple assignment.
x[] = y; // works, same as x[] = y[]; (I dislike this behaviour,but...).

Which is correct?
Personally I like the requirement for [], I think it makes the intention 
much clearer, and gives more potential for future enhancement (eg, 
things like dot(x[] + y[], z[]) could be made to work). Basically [] 
plays the role that superscript ~ plays for vectors in mathematics.
OTOH this approach makes things more complicated in some respects, and 
what the spec says does also make sense.
So both approaches are reasonable.

There are several compiler bugs relating to array operations, and almost 
all relate to this issue. I'd like to fix them, but I need to know which 
way it is supposed to work.

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