This Week in D March 29, 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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Major Changes

D 2.067.0 has been released!

A change not listed on the changelog but nevertheless new and useful is that DDoc now supports backtick code, like in GitHub, StackOverflow, and other sites. For example: `code here` inside a ddoc comment. This does two things: it escapes the characters in the block and then wraps it in a DDOC_BACKQUOTED macro. By default, this macro expands to inline code style.

/// You can now write `<span>stuff like this</span>` in DDoc!
void example() {}

The escaping makes this more than just syntax sugar: it is a new feature that makes documenting functions that handle HTML much easier, since you can write `<li>` without the <li> tag being passed straight through to the output.

If you need to write a pair of backticks on a single line, you should use the BACKTICK macro. A backtick on a line without a closing pair is still passed through unmodified, so lines like `text', e.g. ld's output, can be written literally.

Other changes with examples can be seen in the changelog.

This release was fully managed by the new release czar, Martin Nowak, using a new process. The download page, as you'll see on the link, includes several packaged variants.

In the community

DConf 2015

The schedule for DConf 2015 was announced this week. The selected talks are varied and include low level discussions, high level code presentations, case studies from business users, and more over three days.

See the schedule for details.

Community announcements

See more at digitalmars.D.announce.

Significant Forum Discussions

See more at and keep up with community blogs at Planet D.

Upcoming events

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