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https://issues.dlang.org/show_bug.cgi?id=17856

          Issue ID: 17856
           Summary: __traits( identifier )  could use examples in on line
                    documentation.
           Product: D
           Version: D2
          Hardware: All
               URL: http://dlang.org/
                OS: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: minor
          Priority: P3
         Component: dlang.org
          Assignee: nobody puremagic.com
          Reporter: kheaser gmail.com

Here's a transcript of Learn Forum on Dlang.org  Also maybe throw in
definitions for symbols and identifiers in the Glossary section?


On Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 05:28:13AM +0000, WhatMeForget via Digitalmars-d-learn
wrote:
 
 This is taken exactly from the traits documentation.
 
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 25 Traits
 
 25.21 identifier
 
 Takes one argument, a symbol. Returns the identifier for that symbol as a
string literal.
 
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 There are no examples. My naive brain keeps thinking that a symbol and an
identifier are the same things.  Can someone give me good definitions of
"symbol" and "identifier".   And maybe an example if it is not too much trouble.
You're not the only one. I stared at this same piece of documentation for a long time before I figured out what it meant. This is another example of poor documentation writing. Please file a bug, and I'll see if I can get around to making an example for it. H. S. Teoh Think of the identifier as the name for the symbol and the symbol as what the compiler is actually operating on. Typically, a symbol either has a type or is a type, whereas an identifier is just a name. For instance, when the compiler sees an identifier in your code, it has to look it up to figure out what its corresponding symbol is (and you'll get a compiler error if it can't figure out which symbol you mean - be it because there is no such symbol, the symbol hasn't been imported, the symbol is inaccessible, or because there are multiple symbols that you could be refering to, and there isn't enough information for it to know which you meant). Regardless, there really should be more examples on that page. - Jonathan M Davis --
Sep 25