Programming language for GIMP fork's rewrite

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Sun Sep 1 21:36:06 UTC 2019

On Sunday, 1 September 2019 at 21:23:56 UTC, IGotD- wrote:
> On Sunday, 1 September 2019 at 18:57:07 UTC, Kamran wrote:
>> Hello everyone,
>> People who forked GIMP, a popular open source image editor are 
>> discussing on which language to choose for their rewrite at 
>> [1] and they are considering D. Maybe some of you can help 
>> them out.
>> [1]
> I think one thing that is important answer between Rust and D 
> are.
> Do the developers want automatic memory management or manual 
> (Rust is manual as you constantly need to think about it).
> Does the project have a lot of parallel processing, or just 
> selected parts that runs in parallel? Rust can be advantageous 
> when a lot of structures are used in parallel. Graphics are 
> usually ridiculously parallel so I don't think we have the same 
> problem here. What do you think?
> Does the project need a lot of C/C++ interop. Do you want some 
> code in C and gradually move to the new language?
> Another question is why it is GTK or die for GIMP?

@nogc while not perfect is still good enough to do tasks that 
require the extra amount of custom wrangled speed, so I don't 
think that'll be an issue.
I personally think D is pretty nice for multitasking/parallel 
code. Granted it's not a language feature like it is in other 
languages. Rust are still figuring out how to do their async 
system to some extent.
Since GTK is mainly a C API, we'd be doing a lot of C interop 
with it (through gtk-d)

Glimpse is "GTK or die" because most of us (p much except one 
guy) use (and some work with) GNOME & GTK.

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