What are the prominent upsides of the D programming language?

IGotD- nise at nise.com
Thu Sep 24 08:58:54 UTC 2020

On Monday, 21 September 2020 at 11:04:43 UTC, Imperatorn wrote:
> Top reasons to use D instead of for example Rust, Julia, Go etc 
> :)

For me it is.

* Best in class FFI. Interfacing to C or C++ is very easy thanks 
to the built in compatability.

* Template programming makes sense. C++ functional style template 
programming makes your brain hurt. With D you can still do meta 
programming in a imperative fashion which fits the language you 
work with.

* User friendly name resolution. C++ solves this by endless rows 
of namespaces like 
Namespace1::Namespace2::OneMore::EvenMore::theFunction. Since D 
has rules how to figure out the name itself, you don't need to 
hazzle with that. Only if there are collisions you need to be 
more specific.

* Data structure compatability with C/C++. Since D is so similar 
to C/C++, all data structures can be more or less be ported to D 
without any changes.

* Convenient "built in" arrays. While the are pitfalls in 
performance with the arrays, they are very convenient to work 
with. Arrays together with the slices is really something that 
makes D close to scripting languages. Very nice to prototype with.

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