On 3/7/18 1:00 AM, Taylor Hillegeist wrote:
So i've seen on the forum over the years arguments about auto-decoding (mostly) and some other things. Things that have been considered mistakes, and cannot be corrected because of the breaking changes it would create. And I always wonder why not make a solution to the tune of a flag that makes things work as they used too, and make the new behavior default.

dmd --UseAutoDecoding

That way the breaking change was easily fixable, and the mistakes of the past not forever. Is it just the cost of maintenance?

Note, autodecoding is NOT a feature of the language, but rather a feature of Phobos.

It would be quite interesting I think to create a modified phobos where autodecoding was optional and see what happens (could be switched with a -version=autodecoding). It wouldn't take much effort -- just take out the specializations for strings in std.array.


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