The D Language Foundation at Open Collective

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In its work guiding the development of D and promoting its adoption, the D Language Foundation is driven primarily by donations big and small. The money comes in from different sources, the most visible being those listed on the website’s donation page, and is put to use in different ways. Today, the D Language Foundation is opening a new chapter in the donation story.

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The New New DIP Process

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When I took on the role of DIP Manager last year, my number one goal was to clear out the queue. I made a few revisions to the process and got busy. Over the next few months, things went along fairly well, not so much from anything I did as from the quality of the submissions. But at some point, things broke down and the process stalled.

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DMD 2.079.0 Released

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It’s not always easy to choose which enhancements or changes from a release to highlight on the blog. What’s important to some will elicit a shrug from others. This time, there’s so much to choose from that my head is spinning. But two in particular stand out as having the potential to result in a significant impact on the D programming experience, especially for those who are new to the language.

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Project Highlight: The D Community Hub

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Sometimes projects are abandoned. Sometimes they aren’t updated as frequently as users would like. This can become an issue for those who depend upon these projects, but it’s alleviated by the fact that most D projects are open source and their repositories are publicly available. All it takes to keep a project alive and up-to-date are more volunteers willing to pitch in. That’s the motivation behind the dlang-community organization at GitHub.

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The #dbugfix Campaign

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Every major release of DMD comes with a list of closed issues from Bugzilla. For example, looking at the changelog for DMD 2.078.0 shows the following counts for closed regressions, bugs, and enhancements: 51 for the compiler, 37 for the standard library, 6 for the runtime, 17 for the website, and 1 for the linker. That’s 112 total issues, the majority related to the compiler. The total number of closed issues fluctuates between releases, but the compiler and standard library normally get the lion’s share.

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Project Highlight: BSDScheme

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Last year, Phil Eaton started working on BSDScheme, a Scheme interpreter that he ultimately intends to support Scheme R7RS. In college, he had completed two compiler projects in C++ for two different courses. One was a Scheme to Forth compiler, the other an implementation of the Tiger language from Andrew Appel’s ‘Modern Compiler Implementation’ books.

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