On Fri, Feb 09, 2018 at 05:49:31PM -0500, Nick Sabalausky (Abscissa) via
> On 02/09/2018 05:20 PM, H. S. Teoh wrote:
> > Sadly, these days it seems almost every other day somebody else
> > stumbles into a problem to which string mixins seem to be the
> > default answer.
> Really? That's not been my perception.
> From what I've seen, anything that requires the user to mixin a
> string, is pretty much automatically granted the black mark of death -
> no one will touch it.
Well no, the mixin is not exposed to the user.
But I do see it used quite a lot inside libraries, specifically Phobos.
Well, "quite a lot" is not a fair statement; perhaps I should better say
"more often than it probably should be". While a mixin-based hack
certainly gains brownie points for cleverness, in the long term it
incurs a maintainability cost, and sometimes a hefty one. If the mixin
is of significant length, it can be a nightmare to debug / fix / extend.
(And I say that because, yes, to my shame I've also done that in my own
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