Why do C++ programmers are not interested in D?

Pavel Shkadzko p.shkadzko at gmail.com
Tue Nov 19 09:44:30 UTC 2019

On Tuesday, 19 November 2019 at 09:12:02 UTC, Dejan Lekic wrote:
> On Tuesday, 19 November 2019 at 08:51:49 UTC, Pavel Shkadzko 
> wrote:
>> meetups on D. But why are so few C++ devs actually do it 
>> remains a mystery to me. I would really like to stay away from 
>> the general discussion on why D is not as popular as other 
>> languages :) rather I'd ask around for C++ programmers who 
>> have tried D and share some positive experience they had so 
>> that I could spread the word.
> How did you come by this conclusion? - D community is full of 
> C++ and ex-C++ programmers! I am a former full-time C++ 
> developer who gained interest in D almost exactly 20 years ago. 
> I use D whenever I need "native" executables on Linux.

The conclusion is based solely on my own observations as a 
language newbie. But what triggered me is that one of the PyTorch 
core C++ developers didn't even consider D although the language 
clearly fits nicely in the machine learning domain and has been 
proven to be used exactly for that (see Vectorflow, 

Let me just stress my concern that having a deep learning library 
for D these days would give it a huge boost in popularity as it 
once did for Lua, alas.

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