D Language Compiler as a Library

Razvan Nitu
May 5 @ 16:30

Duration: 25 minutes
Talk type: Presentation
Level: Intermediate
Slides: ODP


Since the D language has started gaining the attention of companies and programming communities, a critical factor for the success of the language is the existence of tools which minimize the effort of developing programs. Such tools are: style checkers, code formatters, syntax highlighters, auto-completion, automated refactoring etc. All these tools share the fact that they need to access certain parts of the compiler in order to do their job. Although the code of the compiler is open source and anyobody that wants to build such a tool can simply extract the part of the compiler that he/she needs, this solution is time consuming since the compiler is poorly documented and the code complexity is rather high.

The alternative solution is to provide a D language compiler as a library. This approach encourages tool developers by taking some work off their plate and imposes a structure on the currently chaotic organization of the code base.

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