Summary: Remove/deprecate std.string.chop
           Product: D
           Version: future
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: Phobos

--- Comment #0 from 2010-05-09 05:33:14 PDT ---
Designing good APIs is not easy. A collection of functions like std.string of
Phobos must be large enough to allow all kind of handy operations on strings,
but if it's too much large it gets harder to remember the functions and their
purpose, and to use them the manual can be required, or it takes more time to
remember the right function to use. So there is an optimal number of functions.

And the string functions must be well distinct from each other both in their
purpose and in their name, so there is no risk of ambiguity about what function
to use to solve a string problem while you program quickly.

This is true in general even for normal variable names, too much similar
variable names are a bad programming practice because they can be confused by
programmers that will read you code later.

In std.string there are two functions that are subtly different both in name
and semantics, chomp and chop.

I propose to remove the 'chop' function, that is less useful: if the programmer
wants to remove the trailing newline (a newline coming from readln()) the right
function to use is chomp. This is a common need.

If the programmer wants to remove a fixed amount of chars from the end she/he
can use a length test plus string slicing (the test is necessary because D
slices are unsafe, unlike Python ones).

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