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Steve Yegge: D is the Next Cool Language

I just watched an interview with Steve Yegge on the Google Code Blog. The interview was mostly about his current project Rhino on Rails. It was interesting, although not interesting enough to keep my attention for the entire 25 minutes. After some time I kind of tuned out, but I kept the video cast running in the background.

Good thing I did, because at the end of the interview Steve surprised me big time. If you’ve followed my blog lately you know that the D Programming Language is my favorite toy at the moment, so when he mentioned it in the interview I was all ears again. For your convenience, I made a transcript of the best parts:

You’re a language geek. What new cool language would you want to play with next?

To be honest I really wish I knew more about D. I’ve programmed in the D language and it’s D-lightful. It was quite expressive. I did a bunch of programs that I kind of ported from ruby scripts that I’ve written, and I swear it was only like 20% harder than in the ruby code. It was super tight, except that it was lightning fast. It was like C++ or faster.

Steve also gives his opinion on what’s needed for D to become really big.

If it [the D language] were link compatible with C++, which is hard, then it could be used with all the C++ libraries. Then it could be the replacement of C++.

In case you’d like to hear and see for yourself, the part when he mentions D starts at about 22 minutes and 35 seconds in.

Steve Yegge as part of the D community? Wouldn’t that be something.


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  1. J03P
    August 18th, 2008 at 15:52 | #1

    Dear God! I just realized that Steve Yegge is (at least one of) the authors of my favorite online game. (Wyvern) I googled his name, found he works at google.. on his blog he mentions D as a language he likes! blimey the world is small. Now I am back at a post I read months ago, oblivious of who this Steve Yegge was.

    • August 18th, 2008 at 16:55 | #2

      Isn’t life grand? 🙂
      I knew he was the (sole?) author of Wyvern although I’ve never played that game. Maybe I should give it a try…

  2. ank
    August 19th, 2009 at 17:34 | #3

    @Hans-Eric Grönlund
    have you gone nuts????

  3. J03P
    August 19th, 2009 at 18:57 | #4

    Going mad is sometimes required, I am quite sure it is required to live life in full.

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