D programming language popularity
Ola Fosheim Grøstax
ola.fosheim.grostad at gmail.com
Sun Nov 8 15:09:55 UTC 2020
On Sunday, 8 November 2020 at 14:04:31 UTC, IGotD- wrote:
> On Sunday, 8 November 2020 at 13:39:17 UTC, Ola Fosheim Grøstad
>> The problem is that raw C pointers can be owning pointers. So
>> it would be a breaking change.
> We need to break this change because if we don't D will not
> progress. The alternative is some pointer container as if we
> would litter C++ std::shared_ptr all over the place, not too
> happy about that though. This will of course be a library
> change but I think we should have a language classifier for it.
> This doesn't really need to be a breaking change but an
> additional "fat pointer".
Make all raw pointers borrowing, then add owning pointer types.
Make all class pointers work like shared_ptr.
Simple solution: unique_ptr for structs and embedded shared_ptr
for classes and dynamic arrays. Owning slices will need a new
pointer to the refcount head.
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