Could D have fit Microsoft's needs?
slavo5150 at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 18 23:49:00 UTC 2019
On Thursday, 18 July 2019 at 23:00:03 UTC, bauss wrote:
> Microsoft has published article about needing a safer system
> programming language.
> Could D (Most likely as betterC) have fit into that domain OR
> is it not yet safe?
I knew this day would come, and while I hoped in my heart it
would be D, I understand why it isn't.
I speculate this is an inflection point in the industry. Walter
himself even predicted it with his "memory safety will kill C"
prediction at DConf a couple of years ago. Others will likely
follow, and I dread the day my employer comes to me and says "Do
you know Rust?".
I think D could meet Microsoft's needs, but only if they forked
it and made some fundamental changes to remove the technical
debt, remove some of the "weird sh**"
(https://youtu.be/TkNep5zHWNw?t=1378), and a number of other
things we all could list to make using D a more professional
experience. The D Language Foundation is doing some of that with
the copy constructors, the new object hierarchy, templating
druntime, etc. but it all happens too slowly. Regardless, I will
continue with my part, at least for the time being, but it is an
opportune time for some self-reflection.
Microsoft isn't the industry, so there could potentially be
another major player that decides to use D (or fork it), and that
could rescue the trend, but it seems unlikely to me,
It's sad news to me, really. I wanted something like D to be the
new trend, but Rust seemed to have its act together from the
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