DIP 1027---String Interpolation---Community Review Round 1

aliak something at something.com
Mon Dec 16 11:38:34 UTC 2019

On Monday, 16 December 2019 at 11:08:00 UTC, Patrick Schluter 
> On Monday, 16 December 2019 at 10:48:51 UTC, aliak wrote:
>> [...]
> because
> string s = ("%s",var);
> is a syntax error.

Exactly. And then explain why. And what is that thing on the 
right. And why is string assignment not working on an 
interpolated _string_?

> Even a beginning programmer can understand that an interpolated 
> string cannot be a pure simple string as it contains symbols 
> and expressions that are language construct not part of the 
> string literal, i.e. that the compiler has to perform some 
> transformations to substitute these language symbols into a 
> value.
> Interpolated strings, in any language, are not string literals.

In any language, they can be assigned to strings.

> Each language resolves this fact in different manners and at 
> different times. Interpreted languages do it at runtime 
> (obviously), java like languages chose to do it at runtime. In 
> a language like D, which prefers resolving what is resolvable 
> at compile time, it would be loathed if it interpolation was 
> resolved at runtime (remember how long people were bitching 
> about runtime only format strings?)
> Resolving interpolation at compile time is imho incompatible 
> with handling them as regular strings.
> The question is then do we want CT or RT interpolated strings. 
> RT interpolated strings can still be provided by a library.

See Adam's previous posts on his approach.

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