D for safety critical applications

IGotD- nise at nise.com
Tue Feb 9 10:10:05 UTC 2021

On Monday, 8 February 2021 at 11:09:49 UTC, Imperatorn wrote:
> Talking with some colleges. They have some questions regarding 
> D:
> 1. Is D ready for prime time á la safety critical applications?
> (I guess they mean GDC on ARM for example)
> 2. Are there any plans to make a certified compiler?

Just to put it into some perspective. I have worked with so 
called certified C/C++ compilers in the automotive industry. I 
remember encountered several bugs in those compilers as well they 
are usually far behind when adopting the new language standards. 
Compare this to GCC, when was the last time you encountered a bug 
in that compiler? I can't remember any.

The certified compilers which are not better than GCC are usually 
proprietary and cost money for each user. Here we have a product 
that is essentially worse than GCC and cost money. What it is 
really about is a form of corruption. The only positive side is 
that if you find a bug you can put pressure on the company that 
provides the compiler but usually that takes several months.

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