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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DMD 2.078.0 Has Been Released

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Another major release of DMD, this time 2.078.0, has been packaged and delivered in time for the new year. This release brings a number of quality-of-life improvements, fixing some minor annoyances and inconsistencies, three of which are targeted at smoothing out the experience of programming in D without DRuntime.

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Interfacing D with C: Getting Started

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One of the early design goals behind the D programming language was the ability to interface with C. To that end, it provides ABI compatibility, allows access to the C standard library, and makes use of the same object file formats and system linkers that C and C++ compilers use. Most built-in D types, even structs, are directly compatible with their C counterparts and can be passed freely to C functions, provided the functions have been declared in D with the appropriate linkage attribute. In many cases, one can copy a chunk of C code, paste it into a D module, and compile it with minimal adjustment. Conversely, appropriately declared D functions can be called from C.

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