What Makes A Programming Language Good

Jacob Carlborg doob at me.com
Wed Jan 19 05:06:16 PST 2011

On 2011-01-19 06:55, Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:
> On 1/18/11 11:37 PM, Vladimir Panteleev wrote:
>> On Tue, 18 Jan 2011 22:17:08 +0200, Walter Bright
>> <newshound2 at digitalmars.com> wrote:
>>> Vladimir Panteleev wrote:
>>>> IMO, sticking to the C-ism of "one object file at a time" and
>>>> dependency on external build tools / makefiles is the biggest mistake
>>>> DMD did in this regard.
>>> You don't need such a tool with dmd until your project exceeds a
>>> certain size. Most of my little D projects' "build tool" is a one line
>>> script that looks like:
>>> dmd foo.d bar.d
>>> There's just no need to go farther than that.
>> Let's review the two problems discussed in this thread:
>> 1) Not passing all modules to the compiler results in a
>> nearly-incomprehensible (for some) linker error.
>> 2) DMD's inability (or rather, unwillingness) to build the whole program
>> when it's in the position to, which creates the dependency on external
>> build tools (or solutions that require unnecessary human effort).
>> Are you saying that there's no need to fix neither of these because they
>> don't bother you personally?
> I think the larger picture is even more important. We need a package
> system that takes Internet distribution into account. I got word on the
> IRC that dsss was that. It would be great to resurrect that, or start a
> new project with such goals.
> Andrei

I've been thinking for a while about doing a package system for D, 
basically gems but for D. But I first want to finish (finish as in 
somewhat usable and release it) another project I'm working on.

/Jacob Carlborg

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