D-Specific Design Patterns

David Simcha
May 3rd @ 11:00 AM

Duration: 50 minutes
Talk type: Presentation
Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Video: [HD] [SD]

Abstract:  The D programming language offers a variety of abstractions not found together in any other language. In particular, D's compile time metaprogramming facilities are a game changer, especially when combined with its low-level programming capabilities. This session explores design patterns that have emerged from my code, my former GSoC students' code and code written by other Phobos contributors. It attempts to codify some of the more useful patterns that are currently known only informally and only to a small group of hardcore D users.

Benefits: Attendees will be exposed to a variety of useful programming techniques that are obvious only in hindsight. These will certainly be useful in D and may even affect their programming style in other languages where these techniques are less obvious but still possible.

Speaker Bio: David Simcha is currently a software engineer at Google's New York City office, working on scalable nearest neighbor matching. Previous to this, he received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University with a concentration in Bioinformatics while contributing extensively to D on the side.


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