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D at 20 : Hits and Misses
Work began on the D programming language 20 years ago. A huge part of language design is looking at the past for what worked and what didn’t, and divining future trajectories so the language can be where the ball lands. D has its share of strikes and home runs. I’ll be talking about a few of each, and lessons learned the hard way. I’ll pontificate a bit about where programming languages and D are headed.
Walter Bright is the creator and first implementer of the D programming language and has implemented compilers for several other languages. He’s an expert in all areas of compiler technology, including front ends, optimizers, code generation, interpreter engines and runtime libraries. Walter regularly writes articles about compilers and programming, is known for engaging and informative presentations, and provides training in compiler development techniques. Many are surprised to discover that Walter is also the creator of the wargame Empire, which is still popular today over 30 years after its debut.
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