On Monday, 13 June 2016 at 20:12:27 UTC, Walter Bright wrote:
On 6/12/2016 4:27 PM, Jason White wrote:
I don't understand this dependency-phobia.
It's the "first 5 minutes" thing. Every hiccup there costs us
maybe half the people who just want to try it out.
The makefiles, especially posix.mak, have grown into horrific
snarls of who-knows-what-is-happening.
I had a minor rant about this at DConf. The makefiles are the
major reason I haven't contributed to the core D projects.
They'd be a hell of a lot simpler if everything that isn't
building an executable (and isn't idempotent) got ripped out. No
downloading compilers, no cloning/updating repos, etc, etc.
Having a pushbutton process for installing/bootstrapping is cool,
but that stuff is better off in scripts.