Nim programming language finally hit 1.0

bachmeier no at
Thu Sep 26 13:26:13 UTC 2019

On Thursday, 26 September 2019 at 06:14:24 UTC, Paulo Pinto wrote:

> The language should be stabilized, GC improved (I know it has 
> gotten much better), replace deprecated Phobos packages (xml, 
> JSON, stream), focus on vi/Emacs/VSCode and maybe people will 
> come and stay around.

There's a chicken-and-egg problem, though. D doesn't have the 
type of community that languages like Rust, Go, or Python have. I 
remember in the 90s when Python was insignificant to the 
programming world, they had their community of true believers 
promoting the language and making it more usable. In 2005, when I 
made my move to R for my computing, I looked at Python and it had 
little to offer. They had a community that made a lot of stuff 
happen in a hurry, and they promoted the language well. It's not 
even a particularly good choice for scientific computing, yet it 
is now a giant in that area.

D has its mailing list and a few people doing their own projects 
(I'm in that group) but not a lot of blog posts or podcasts or 
tutorials, and can't even put together documentation for Dub. You 
read the mailing list and about two out of every three posts is 
negative. Until some people step up to be leaders of the 
community, nothing else will matter as far as D adoption goes. 
For all the years I've been involved, it's always been people 
looking to Walter and Andrei to make things happen, and I haven't 
seen anything like that with any other language.

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