Thoughts on versioning

Steven Schveighoffer schveiguy at
Thu Oct 28 14:30:38 UTC 2021

On 10/28/21 10:18 AM, Adam D Ruppe wrote:
> On Thursday, 28 October 2021 at 14:12:44 UTC, Steven Schveighoffer wrote:
>> is, if you pass a `std.stdio.File` to a function accepting a 
>> `std2.stdio.File`, the compiler is given a way to convert the 
>> internals/state.
> Well, if there was implicit construction, you could always make a 
> constructor for the one File that accepts the other and converts.

This is going to still be a bit painful. I was thinking for more 
compiler help.

For example, if you had:

import lib1; // uses Phobos 1 File
import lib2; // uses Phobos 2 File

void foo()

This is going to have an error, instead you need to do:

void foo()
    import std2.stdio : File;

Which isn't horrible, but could cause problems if you have both symbols. 
I also imagine the error to be comical:

Error: No overload of funAcceptingFile accepts arguments (File). 
Possible overloads:
    void funAcceptingFile(File)

If the compiler just figured out the conversion is possible on the 
original code (by being told how it can do that), then there's no need 
to manually do this conversion.

> If you're willing to do a little work you can make it happen.

Sure, with a little work, you can make anything happen. But will people 
be willing to do that work? If not, then won't we just end up with a lot 
of effort to build and maintain something nobody uses? I personally 
would rather just use the v2 exclusively, and eliminate any usage of v1.


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