digitalmars.D - Newbie initial comments on D language - general
Edward Diener <eddielee_no_spam_here tropicsoft.com> writes:
I am a D newbie but a very experienced C++ programmer, probably like many C++ programmers who come to D even mildly interested in what has been created. I have a number of specific comments to make about D based on a first cursory reading of the D 1.0 documentation I have read from the downloaded PDF. The comments will be made in the spirit not of antagonism but rather of technical criticism and/or questions. The comments I will separate into different posts and they will cover a few things from the topics in the documentation to which I had strong reactions. I still have not read the section of the documentation dealing with templates in D so no present comments will touch upon that area. Before making my specific comments I would first like to thank Walter Bright for the immense effort he has made to create a successor to a language which is well respected among probably more knowledgable computer programmers in the world than any other. It is a Quixotian task, like tipping at windmills, knowing that a million or so C++ programmers worldwide will probably not be dropping C++ any time soon for D even if D is a "better" language in many ways. Like many experienced C++ programmers I have immense respect for the C++ language and its designers and it standard C++ committee members as technical people. However, perhaps like those on this NG and others investigating or using D, I see C++ encumbered greatly from moving forward by its baggage from the past, by its stated necessity to maintain compatibility with C and many lines of legacy code going back many years. So I appreciate the effort of D to be a language that no longer considers compatibility with past code a necessity as C++ appears to do. This is a just a way of saying, whether I use D further or not, that it is good to see someone saying that a computer language, besides its richness and flexibility, should be a practical language that others can use and that can change as new ideas in programming come to the fore. So congratulations Walter on your fine effort !
Jan 28 2008
Walter Bright <newshound1 digitalmars.com> writes:
Edward Diener wrote:So congratulations Walter on your fine effort !Thank you, but the effort is only partially mine. There are lots of others working hard on it!
Jan 28 2008