If you could make any changes to D, what would they look like?

jmh530 john.michael.hall at gmail.com
Wed Oct 20 17:27:45 UTC 2021

On Wednesday, 20 October 2021 at 10:26:52 UTC, IGotD- wrote:
> On Wednesday, 20 October 2021 at 10:23:27 UTC, SealabJaster 
> wrote:
>> So something like `int^` to denote a GC pointer, and `int*` 
>> for a raw pointer?
> Something like that, which is exactly the syntax of "Managed 
> C++".

What is the benefit of different pointer types?

If you have a function that takes a pointer but doesn't make any 
allocations or anything, then you would need to have two versions 
of it to work with each type. This introduces a similar issue as 
what led to inout. It might make some kind of generics with type 
erasure that can handle all of these cases more useful.

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