This Week in D
April 19, 2015
Welcome to This Week in D! Each week, we'll summarize what's been going on in the D community and write brief advice columns to help you get the most out of the D Programming Language.
The D Programming Language is a general purpose programming language that offers modern convenience, modeling power, and native efficiency with a familiar C-style syntax.
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This Week in D is edited by Adam D. Ruppe. Contact me with any questions, comments, or contributions.
D Job Opening
EMSI, a company based in Moscow, Idaho, is looking to hire a D language software engineer. Learn more and apply here.
In the community
A Silicon Valley D Meetup is scheduled for April 23, 2015.
[hackathon] One week left to the first D Hackathon, an event where D contributors are encouraged to write as much code as they can in a week with little extra forum discussion. All are welcome to participate, including remotely.
See more at digitalmars.D.announce.
Significant Forum Discussions
- Pitching an investment bank on using D for their bond analytics discussed D's pros an cons and techniques to convince managers to give it a try.
- Today's programming challenge - How's your Range-Fu ? asked forumgoers to try to rewrite one of Phobos' functions, std.string.wrap, to use a range interface instead of eagerly allocated strings. This is part of a push to make as much of Phobos allocation (and thus garbage collection) free.
- DIP76: Autodecode Should Not Throw is a slightly old thread from earlier in the month, but still ongoing. The question is what Phobos should do about UTF - will it autodecode multibyte codepoints and if so, will it throw an exception on badly formed UTF-8 or replace them with invalid character codepoints (which are valid Unicode chars that represent unknown characters - permitted according to the standard). There's no conclusion yet. The status quo thus remains: Phobos auto-decodes UTF-8 and UTF-16, yielding dchars when given strings, and will throw an exception if it has poorly formed utf-8.
- How D could gain more traction? discusses batteries-included standard library and other adoption issues.
See more at forum.dlang.org and keep up with community blogs at Planet D.
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