Prototype of Ownership/Borrowing System for D

Radu void at
Wed Nov 20 18:08:49 UTC 2019

On Wednesday, 20 November 2019 at 13:51:34 UTC, rikki cattermole 
> On 21/11/2019 1:16 AM, Timon Gehr wrote:
>> Right now, the only use I can see for @live is as an 
>> incomplete and unsound linting tool in @system code. It 
>> doesn't make @safe code any more expressive. To me, added 
>> expressiveness in @safe code is the whole point of a borrowing 
>> scheme.
> You touch upon a very good point.
> I'm starting to think of @live as a superset of @safe. With 
> @trusted being an escape route. If this is the case then 
> perhaps making all pointers non-null (with asserts) would make 
> sense.

Indeed it looks that @live sits on top of @safe. I would love to 
see this default to @safe when -preview=borrow (don't think it is 
implemented ATM) is enabled.

I guess the reason for @live is backwards compatibility, but even 
with this I think using @safe(own), name up to discussion - 
meaning having @safe accept a parameter, would serve better to 
limit the attribute soup.

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