On Tuesday, 18 October 2016 at 23:02:28 UTC, Ali Çehreli wrote:
I have a friend who has started writing a library in D.
Although I recommended that he should use a recent dmd or ldc,
he thinks gdc is a better candidate because it's "available to
the masses" through Linux distros similar to how gcc is.
Although he has a good point, the gdc that came with his distro
does not even support @nogc.
Thoughts? Can you please tell him to change his mind! :p
That's not a very convincing argument IMO. DMD packages are
available for download on this site. As I have learned the hard
way, the experience isn't always the best when you rely on distro
packagers. I once had to change distros because of a package
maintainer that didn't care that things were broken. I would much
rather rely on a project's own packages, because there is an
incentive to make sure they work, they won't get abandoned, and
the latest version is always available. There is no sense in
which DMD is not available to the masses.