Summary: Signed/unsigned bytes type name
--- Comment #0 from bearophile_h...@eml.cc 2010-02-24 02:33:14 PST ---
While programming in D I have seen that you can forget that the "byte" is
signed. (Because normally I think of bytes as unsigned entities. Other people
share the same idea). (It's similar but not equal to the situation of signed
and unsigned chars in C).
There are several ways to solve this small problem. One of the simpler ways I
can think of is to deprecate the "byte" type name and introduce a "sbyte" type
name (that replaces the "byte" type name). Using a sbyte it's probably quite
more easy to not forget that it's a signed value.
This introduces an inconstancy in the naming scheme of D integral values (they
are now symmetric, ubyte, byte, int, uint, etc), but it can help avoid some
bugs, especially from D newbies.
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