GoingNative 6: Walter Bright and Andrei Alexandrescu - D Programming Language
- Posted: Feb 21, 2012 at 4:21PM
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We're back! Sorry for the delay between episodes, but we were busy preparing and then putting on GoingNative 2012, a C++11 conference that you have hopefully heard about It was a blast! Such great speakers. Such great attendees. Huge thanks to all of you who made the journey to Redmond for two days, bringing with you so much IQ and C++ love. And to those who watched the show live online, thank you, too, of course! All sessions will always be available on-demand right here on C9. Watch at your leisure, but do watch/listen/learn!
We were fortunate and honored to have Andrei Alexandrescu speaking and Walter Bright in attendance at GoingNative 2012. Walter and Andrei are the co-custodians of the D programming language. Walter invented D about 11 or 12 years ago. Andrei has been an unrelenting champion and contributor to D for a long time and is the author of the book The D Programming Language. When/why did Andrei get involved with D? We'll find out. We filmed a conversation with these two legends right after GoingNative 2012 ended.
So, what is D? What makes it special?
D is a modern native programming language (not really an evolution of C++ as the name might imply. C++11 is an evolution of C++... D is it's own thing. It's D.). D is imperative (with C-like syntax), statically-typed, object-oriented, dynamic-friendly (via static type inference), garbage collected (optional), shared-nothing by default (nice!), functional-friendly (you can write pure functions that are verifiably pure), polymorphic, generic, and COM-friendly, too. D is also a low-level systems programming language.
D takes many powerful modern programming ideas and idioms and makes them easy to use while keeping things purely native. We love this! Too often we hear things like, "Well, if you go fully native then you loose productivity..." Whatever. D proves you can have your cake and eat it, too.
Tune in. Meet Walter and Andrei (and D, if you're not familiar with it). Thanks for spending time with C9, Walter and Andrei! Keep pushing the native envelope.
Table of Contents:
[00:00] GoingNative(); //Welcome back! Sorry for the delay. GoingNative 2012. D.
[02:22] Charles has a conversation with Andrei Alexandrescu and Walter Bright about the D programming language
[56:52] ~GoingNative(); //Charles and Diego talk about D and then destruct.