Feedback on Átila's Vision for D
wendlec at tcd.ie
Thu Oct 17 08:38:46 UTC 2019
On Wednesday, 16 October 2019 at 14:53:48 UTC, Atila Neves wrote:
> On Wednesday, 16 October 2019 at 12:01:09 UTC, Russel Winder
>> On Wed, 2019-10-16 at 11:14 +0000, Atila Neves via
>> Digitalmars-d wrote: […]
>>> What tooling what you like to see developed that doesn't
>>> exist now?
>> A D plugin to CLion as good as the Rust plugin.
> I'm not sure how many D users currently use CLion, would like
> to or willing to pay for it even if such a plugin existed.
I forgot to mention yesterday, it need not be CLion, in fact I'd
strongly advise against an IDE you have to pay for. No beginner /
person interested in D will pay for an IDE just to test D - and
without an IDE, people will be less willing to test it not to
mention adopt it.
I'd say IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition would be a good starting
point or Netbeans. I personally like Netbeans, but strategically
IntelliJ would be the better choice, because a lot of devs are
already familiar with it and use it for JVM and Android
development (Android Studio is basically IntelliJ), which is a
huge sector. Once you get a proper IntelliJ plugin for D that
takes advantage of the IDE's superb features that make you more
productive, it will augment D's prestige, and who knows, maybe
JetBrains will take over the plugin (but I wouldn't bet on it).
Long story short: IDE integration and a solid package manager are
the minimum requirements for wider adoption today. Else you will
forever remain in the "garage" where nerds solder things together.
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