D community roadmap

JohnT talmabogni at nedoz.com
Tue Nov 24 03:22:19 UTC 2020

First of all congrats to all D community for all their hard work. 
D is one of the languages which I fell in love at first sight. 
There are lot of posts in this forum about similar sentiment.  We 
have really great engineers working on amazing features. What we 
really need is good marketing, some polishing and a direction. D 
really can be better than most other languages.Its a chicken and 
egg problem. But we need more marketing/benchmarks blogs etc 
where we compete with other languages on features. We should do 
dedicated effort to cleanup and make language simpler.

a. We should do a survey similar to Go/Rust. And we should hear 
the community of the top features we need. Even if original 
designers disagree.
b. Focus should be selling our strengths like strong interop with 
C/C++. Neither Go/Rust has this. D has lot more chance to shine 
in this. Companies wont replace billions of C/C++ code. What we 
need is incremental where they can replace and D can work with 
C++. We need more effort to make easy transitions.
c. Focus on tooling/stability.
d. Benchmarking of most frequently used libraries like 
json/vibe/networking etc against other languages and publish this.
e. Marketing D as both systems/scripting language with GC and non 
GC with lot of articles and samples with benchmarking.
f. Interop with C/C++, faster builds, easy compared to rust are 
some strengths we should market.
e. We need small working groups for networking/standard library/ 
server/ embedded/security/tooling etc who focus on the issues in 
those domain.
g. Mentorship for folks who wish to contribute.

I know the answer is why dont you do it. Yes I would love to 
help. If people define a ROADMAP where each release has issues 
and features in the order of priority and its maintained 
somewhere, people like us will do their small part whenever we 
find free time. Its time for C/C++ to go. So far I see D as only 
better option. Wish from a D fan.

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