Another day in the ordeal of cartesianProduct

Peter Alexander at
Sat Oct 27 05:23:27 PDT 2012

On Saturday, 27 October 2012 at 11:41:07 UTC, bearophile wrote:
> Peter Alexander:
>> void foo(ForwardRange Range)(Range r)
>> {
>>    r.popBack();
>> }
>> And *immediately* get a type error without having to 
>> instantiate it with a variety of different range types.
> It's not an easy problem. To solve it the Rust language uses 
> typeclasses adapted from Haskell. But unlike the usual Haskell 
> compilers Rust doesn't use global type inferencing and it keeps 
> the C++-style monomorphization, so at run-time its generic 
> programming is as efficient as C++ generic programming.

Yeah, it's certainly not going to be easy. It's unfortunate that 
D adopted the whole C++ style "glorified macros" approach to 
templates -- it makes it very difficult to reason about (or 
automate reasoning about) the semantics of your code.

Retrofitting some sort of structure to templates will be a 
Herculean task, but I think it has to happen. It is clear to me 
that the development process we use now (write the template, try 
a few instantiations, pray) is unsustainable beyond simple 

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