On Sunday, 6 August 2017 at 06:49:45 UTC, Ecstatic Coder wrote:
For instance, D is my favorite language, and I try to promote it as much as I can (reddit, stackoverflow, even on the go-nuts google groups).


But professionally I still use C++ (#3 TIOBE), PHP (#7), Go (#16) and now Dart (#20).

Not D.

Despite Go and Dart are very recent "post-D" languages, people are already starting to use them a lot these days. Whether you trust or not these "pseudo" rankings, they are probably already more popular than D, despite they are still in their 1.x version.

That's sad, because the same developers who now use Go (including me) could have started to use D instead. But they didn't.

Obviously Google's great support and marketing help a lot, but most developers are not as dumb as you may think.


You have to look at the big picture. Let's ignore for a moment what might improve D's adoption and perception. Let's also ignore this particular moment in time. Let's go back to the beginning and look at the big picture from then until now. From that perspective, it's quite a rosy picture. We've got a wealth of libraries available compared to just a few years ago. Conversations on reddit don't immediately descend into D-bashing like they used to. I see more new people more frequently in the forums than I used to. Multiple companies are using D and talking about their usage, sharing their code, where there used to be none. It's just a vastly different community than it was when I first stumbled into it. Much for the better.

Yes, there are holes to fill, improvements to be made, but there always have been and there always will be. It's an ongoing process that, by the way, has many more people contributing to it than it did a decade ago. It's natural for people to come in along the way, look at the current state of affairs (without the benefit of that longer perspective -- or even those who do have perspective but have lost heart because their major peeves haven't been addressed), and start despairing that if only D did this or did that, or targeted that domain, or had a plugin for that IDE, or whatever, then it would be a better choice than Rust or Go or Javascript and more developers would pick it up. That might even be true. But the thing to remember is that neither the language nor the community has stagnated. Progress is going steadily forward despite all the predictions of doom and gloom (which I've been seeing in these forums since 2003). And if everyone in the community would pick a pet peeve to fix, whether it be making edits to the web site or contributing to an IDE plugin, it all moves that much further forward. As long as we keep our heads down and keep chipping away, things will only continue to improve.

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