no-autodecode -- game plan

Andrei Alexandrescu SeeWebsiteForEmail at
Wed Aug 19 13:51:23 UTC 2020

On 8/19/20 9:21 AM, Adam D. Ruppe wrote:
> On Wednesday, 19 August 2020 at 13:10:29 UTC, Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:
>> Don't copy everything, alias everything that doesn't need change and 
>> only add the declarations that should be changed.
> Yes, that too.
>> The only problem I see with this is documentation. We need to have an 
>> easy way to define and navigate documentation for different versions 
>> of the stdlib.
> My can already pull any specific version you want from git:
> just a fun fact. I've kinda wanted it to show automatic change logs in 
> the past but haven't gotten around to that yet...
> But anyway, with aliases, they'd be hyperlinked automatically (at least 
> by my doc gen) and with different major version package namespaces, all 
> would be available naturally.
> I'm convinced we could make it work, if it doesn't already, it shouldn't 
> be insurmountable tweaks to the doc generators.
>> That article by Yegge once more convinced me - we need to stop 
>> (thinking of) changing and start adding. We've been paralyzed by the 
>> fear of change while the opportunity (made even better by a nice 
>> module system) was always there.
> Glad to see others finally seeing this! Back before dub came out I 
> argued we should use the module system for this and found no traction. I 
> even gave up on doing it myself (but instead I simply don't break my 
> code - the arsd library has had a total of 8 breaking changes going back 
> a decade across all 70+ of its modules and most of them are trivial).
> But it still remains on my mind as a viable thing to explore in more 
> detail someday.

I thought of adding: "Cue plug of adrdox" to my message, but I knew it 
was unnecessary :o).

Versioning stdlib might require significant changes to ddoc or an 
opportunity for adrdox to differentiate itself.

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