On Saturday, 29 April 2017 at 14:13:18 UTC, Patrick Schluter wrote:
For the same reason it is in C. If the ambition for D is to be a system language then it should avoid introducing artificial abstractions and work with the machine it runs on, not against.

The C model isn't much like x86 at all. You can do operations on 8 bit and 16 bit registers on x86, but C doesn't reflect that reality.


I usually defend D's behavior of "blame C". Compatibility is useful for us and conservative programmers like familiarity, but I can't defend C's rules on the merits. They aren't like the processor and they aren't even that useful.

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