expression templates vs D arrays

Robert Jacques sandford at
Wed Dec 7 23:11:08 PST 2011

On Wed, 07 Dec 2011 23:27:41 -0500, Jay Norwood <jayn at> wrote:

> I've been reading about the use of expression templates in this blitz page, which provides arrays implemented by c++ templates.  They have some convenient features, such as array initialization with auto-incrementing array index values in the expressions and applying a cast operator to an entire array within an expression.   Do  D built-in array operations and initialization include these type of features, or would you need to create some similar D template implementation to guarantee the efficient expression evaluation and similar initialization features?

Built-in? No, not everything. But std.range, std.array and std.algorithm have a lot of the convenience features you're looking for. Actual D array operations, i.e. x[] = y[] + z[] * b;, are more efficient than expression templates. Currently, what you can do in an array op is somewhat limited, but generalization, i.e. x[] = sin(iota(0,x.length)[]) + y[] is on Don's todo list.

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