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reply "Tor Einar =?UTF-8?B?VMO4bm5lc3NlbiI=?= <tor.einar.tonnessen gmail.com> writes:
Hello.

I am trying to learn D using (among other things) "The D 
Programming Language" book.

On page 161 it says:

snippet...

void writeln(string a0, int a1, string a2, int[new] a3) {

...snippet

I am wondering about the expression "int[new] a3"

What does that mean? I have checked, and it does not compile with 
the current compiler - it says: Error: basic type expected, not ] 
...

It is not mentioned in the errata for the book.


Tor Einar
Nov 13 2013
next sibling parent "Uplink_Coder" <someemail someprovider.some> writes:
I guess that new should be length as it represents as an integer 
variable
Nov 13 2013
prev sibling parent reply "Adam D. Ruppe" <destructionator gmail.com> writes:
On Wednesday, 13 November 2013 at 08:16:34 UTC, Tor Einar 
T√łnnessen wrote:
 void writeln(string a0, int a1, string a2, int[new] a3) {
Around the time the book was written, there was a debate as to if we should make dynamic arrays and slices two different types. T[new] was the proposed syntax for a dynamic array, leaving T[] to be a slice. The reasoning would be to separate a window into the memory block - the slice - from the memory block itself, the array. This is the case with static arrays: int[10] != int[], but not with dynamic arrays. The advantage of the separation would be to help keep track of the array's ownership - appending to a T[new] could resize the block, whereas appending to a T[] would be a whole new allocation, among other things. However, minds were changed and T[new] never actually came to be. Instead, slice append was changed to address the ownership stomping problem, it asks the gc for capacity at the end. The old problem is solved, and it didn't break any code by introducing a new type... everyone wins, except for the few things written about T[new] that weren't updated. This article goes into the append to slice problem and solution in more detail: http://dlang.org/d-array-article.html Bottom line, any time you see T[new] in the book, just replace it with T[] and it should all work. So int[] a3 ought to compile and do the same thing described. BTW, I don't see this item in the list, but on Andrei's website, there's a list of little changes since the printing: http://erdani.com/index.php?cID=109
Nov 13 2013
parent Andrej Mitrovic <andrej.mitrovich gmail.com> writes:
On 11/13/13, Adam D. Ruppe <destructionator gmail.com> wrote:
 On Wednesday, 13 November 2013 at 08:16:34 UTC, Tor Einar
 T=F8nnessen wrote:
 void writeln(string a0, int a1, string a2, int[new] a3) {
Around the time the book was written, there was a debate as to if we should make dynamic arrays and slices two different types. T[new] was the proposed syntax for a dynamic array, leaving T[] to be a slice.
I think it was just an oversight that it was left in the book, I don't recall reading about that syntax on any other page.
Nov 13 2013