Go has contempt for generics

Andrei Alexandrescu SeeWebsiteForEmail at erdani.org
Sat May 29 09:27:21 PDT 2010

On 05/29/2010 10:52 AM, Don wrote:
> bearophile wrote:
>> Jonathan M Davis:
>>> Yes, you _can_ add things like generics into the language later, but
>>> it can be quite disruptive to do so, and the result could be subpar
>>> due to constraints such as backwards compatability.
>> D didn't have templates for some time.
>> Maybe compile-time function execution plus a type type can replace the
>> need for C++/D/Java style generics :-)
> I agree with that. Over time, D has moved very strongly in that
> direction. I wonder how far that approach could ultimately be taken.

Clearly we're still exploring what the best way to carve the territory 
is, but one trend is clear:

* Type-parameterized types and functions for generic programming

* Compile-time function evaluation for generative programming


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