Could D be used by Jonathan Blow rather jai language?

Max Haughton maxhaton at
Thu Nov 19 17:38:16 UTC 2020

On Thursday, 19 November 2020 at 17:31:30 UTC, Ola Fosheim 
Grøstad wrote:
> On Thursday, 19 November 2020 at 14:32:36 UTC, Dibyendu 
> Majumdar wrote:
>> I certainly think a cut-down version of D could compete with 
>> Jai. That is the motivation for my Laser-D project.
> Zig is kinda a cut down version too though, where the design 
> goal is to not have language features that are non-transparent. 
> Sadly, that also results in no overloading of functions by 
> parameter types (IIRC).
> What stands most out with D is that it is trying to be 
> jack-of-all-trades, which often means that you end up being 
> master-of-none. My impression is that Jai tries to turn that 
> around and be master-of-one-but-not-for-everyone. So, clearly 
> it will be very opinionated...
> I suspect that Jai will fit one way of modelling better than 
> others. Quite frankly, I would not really want to use a low 
> level language without solid RAII.
> What I dislike about some of these new languages, Go, Zig, Jai 
> etc is that they seem to insist on going backwards on some 
> design-parameters based on "ideological opinion" rather than 
> sensible modelling concerns. So that makes me think: "ok, why 
> are we going back to the 1980s here?".

The whole jack of all trades thing is really a an assumption, 
i.e. D is just better than C++ in more than one area but people 
are trained to believe you can't have a multitasking language - C 
is fast, Python is short etc - the way we teach programmers is a 
complete monoculture in language design.

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