Could D be used by Jonathan Blow rather jai language?

Meta jared771 at
Wed Nov 18 16:53:44 UTC 2020

On Wednesday, 18 November 2020 at 16:13:20 UTC, Jack wrote:
> So I find out jonathan Blow is devloping his own programming 
> language, because "C++ is wild mess". I know pretty much 
> nothing about game dev and I was wondering if D could be used 
> in the way Jonathan Blow would like to? Anyone experienced on 
> game dev stuff could answer this? as far I know, the jai's 
> compiler is not ready yet.Maybe let him know about D language, 
> assuming it fits its game needs, would be interesting?

It's funny, there seem to be a lot of gamedev people that *know* 
about D, but aren't interested in using it for various reasons (I 
think the primary one is probably that most/all modern game 
engines are written in C++ - except Unity, which is still C++ 
under the hood - and the toolchains are usually geared toward C++ 
as well).

John Carmack mentioned its support for functional purity in an 
article back in 2012:

And Jonathan Blow has mentioned it at least in passing before, 
not to mention one of Ubisoft's development studios evaluating it 
(which I don't think panned out), and D code actually shipping in 
a modern AAA game (Alan Wake from Remedy Entertainment).

Manu and Ethan are the ones that are/were down in the trenches 
actually using D for gamedev, but it seems to me like the 
language is very well suited to it; potentially moreso than C++. 
C++ has almost completely dominated that space for 20+ years, 
though, so I don't think D will get big there anytime soon.

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