D enters Tiobe top 20

bachmeier no at spam.net
Wed Nov 6 10:31:22 UTC 2019

On Monday, 4 November 2019 at 10:56:29 UTC, IGotD- wrote:

> Speaking of Rust, I think Rust will remain a niche language 
> because it is a bit too complicated than what benefits it 
> gives. A programmer who only used Python before is going to 
> choose D over Rust and that's where the masses are.

I'm not going to speculate about Rust's future, but that's 
consistent with my story. I used Rust before using D. Rust had 
all the hype and D was selling itself as a dialect of C++ in 
those days, so the decision to go with Rust was easy. It didn't 
take long to realize that Rust was not going to work. It has a 
learning curve like Vim. That meant that even ignoring the 
hideous syntax, which might be better now, nobody I was working 
with (the Python type of programmer) was ever going to write a 
line of Rust. It was hard to understand what it brought to the 
table for most of the programming world.

After trying Go and not liking that either, I decided to give D a 
try during a free moment one evening, expecting to not spend more 
than a few minutes on it. What I found was a surprisingly 
well-designed language that had little in common with C++ other 
than the common ancestor of C. For anyone looking at compiled 
languages for speed, D was miles ahead of anything else in terms 
of the combination of ease of use and features.

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