Discussion Thread: DIP 1036--String Interpolation Tuple Literals--Community Review Round 2

Imperatorn johan_forsberg_86 at hotmail.com
Tue Feb 2 18:41:37 UTC 2021

On Tuesday, 2 February 2021 at 14:45:05 UTC, claptrap wrote:
> On Tuesday, 2 February 2021 at 06:22:11 UTC, Walter Bright 
> wrote:
>> On 1/31/2021 3:04 AM, claptrap wrote:
>>> Why is "working with printf" so important?
>> It's a canary. printf has a very simple interface, and if 
>> string interpolation doesn't work for simple cases, it is 
>> indicative of complexity problems.
> Making the DIP work with printf wont make it work with all 
> simple interfaces. So printf is not "a canary for simple 
> interfaces". All it actually does is make it work with a very 
> specific subset of "simple interfaces" at the expense of all 
> others.
> You solved the equations for one variable, but you still have 3 
> unknowns.
>> Along with, of course, everybody uses printf and printf-style 
>> functions (dmd has many), and writef also uses a printf-style 
>> format.
> I dont, I have a few custom wrapper functions for formatting 
> floats, and i use writeln.
>> I emphasize that #DIP1027 knows nothing about printf or its 
>> formats, other than having the default format be `%s`. The 
>> default can, of course, be overridden.
> I dont like either proposal tbh.

Anyway you look at this it seems there's no clear concensus on 
how it should work.

I really want this to pass, but not if there are many corner 
cases and/or special rules to follow.

It should be as simple as possible while also being as powerful 
as possible. It's a tough balance.

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