Yes!

That is only one of the reasons to have that ability.

Almost more important is automated reasoning about very large codebases.

What are the global properties?

Where are the "antipatterns" of use and can we fix them?

Can we "lint" away large classes of defects?

Even Stroustrup believes such tools would be useful for C++.


On Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 5:53 AM, Andrei Alexandrescu via
Digitalmars-d-announce <digitalmars-d-announce@puremagic.com> wrote:

> On 6/12/14, 10:40 AM, Nick Sabalausky wrote:
>
>> On 6/10/2014 12:35 PM, justme wrote:
>>
>>> On Wednesday, 4 June 2014 at 06:13:39 UTC, Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:
>>>
>>>> Of possible interest.
>>>> http://www.reddit.com/r/programming/comments/278twt/
>>>> panel_systems_programming_in_2014_and_beyond/
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Andrei
>>>>
>>>
>>> IMHO, the coolest thing was when Rob Pike told about the tool they made
>>> for automatically upgrading user source code to their next language
>>> version.
>>>
>>> That should be quite easy to implement now in D, and once done, would
>>> give much needed room for breaking changes we feel should be done. Pike
>>> seemed to be extremely satisfied they did it.
>>>
>>
>> Personally, I wouldn't be comfortable trusting such a tool. Besides, I
>> find that upgrading a codebase to a newer language version is one of the
>> most trivial tasks I ever face in software development - even in D.
>>
>> It's a cute trick, but not a worthwhile use of development resources.
>>
>
> I very much think the opposite, drawing from many years of hacking into
> large codebases. I'm completely with Rob here. On a large codebase, even
> the slightest manual or semi-manual change is painstaking to plan and
> execute, and almost always suffers of human errors.
>
> I got convinced a dfix tool would be a strategic component of D's offering
> going forward.
>
>
> Andrei
>
>


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