Why D is not popular enough?

Adam D. Ruppe via Digitalmars-d digitalmars-d at puremagic.com
Fri Aug 19 06:36:05 PDT 2016

On Friday, 19 August 2016 at 08:31:39 UTC, Marco Leise wrote:
> If we hypothetically switched to a ubyte+ubyte=ubyte semantic, 
> then code like this breaks silently:

However, if it took the entire statement into account, it could 
handle that... by my rule, it would see there's a float in there 
and thus automatically cast a and b to float before doing 

The compiler would parse

Assign(float, Multiply(float, Parenthetical(Add(a, b))))

In a semantic transformation step, it would see that since the 
lhs is float, the rhs is now casted to float, then it does that 
recursively through it all and a and b get promoted to float so 
the bits are never lost.

I really do think that would work.

Alas, I don't see D ever changing anyway, this is too deep in its 
C bones.

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