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

bachmeier no at spam.net
Tue Nov 19 17:23:46 UTC 2019

On Tuesday, 19 November 2019 at 10:57:20 UTC, Russel Winder wrote:
> On Tue, 2019-11-19 at 09:28 +0000, bachmeier via Digitalmars-d 
> wrote:
> […]
>> Unfortunately, D is not a better C++. Most notably, it has a 
>> GC, and much of the functionality of the standard library has 
>> historically required using the GC. Second, it doesn't work 
>> with legacy C++ code. That's changing, but it's a big issue.
> […]
> That many C++ developers have an obsessive fear of the words 
> garbage collector is clearly an issue, independent of whether 
> GC is actually an issue for their codebases.

There's a bit of a sample selection issue. Anyone open to GC 
moved to Java long ago. These days anyone still using C++ either 
has a good reason to fear the GC (certain real-time applications) 
or an irrational fear of the GC. The D of today would have had 
great success at recruiting C++ programmers 20 years ago, but by 
about 2005 or so, Java had already sucked up all the potential 

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