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Learning D

By : Michael Parker
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Learning D

By: Michael Parker

Overview of this book

D is a modern programming language that is both powerful and efficient. It combines multiple paradigms in a way that opens up a whole new world of software design. It is used to develop both desktop and web applications, with future targets including mobile, and is available on multiple platforms. It is familiar to anyone with some experience in one or more of the C-family languages. However, hidden in the similarities are several differences that can be surprising when trying to apply common idioms from other languages. When learning D on your own, this can make it more time-consuming to master. In order to make the most of the language and become an idiomatic D programmer, it’s necessary to learn how to think in D. This book familiarizes you with D from the ground up, with a heavy focus on helping you to avoid surprises so that you can take your D knowledge to the next level more quickly and painlessly. Your journey begins with a taste of the language and the basics of compiling D programs with DMD, the reference D compiler developed by Digital Mars, and DUB, a community-developed build utility and package manager. You then set out on an exploration of major language features. This begins with the fundamentals of D, including built-in types, conditionals, loops and all of the basic building-blocks of a D program, followed by an examination of D’s object-oriented programming support. You’ll learn how these features differ from languages you may already be familiar with. Next up are D’s compile-time features, such as Compile-Time Function Evaluation and conditional compilation, then generic programming with templates. After that, you’ll learn the more advanced features of ranges and functional pipeline programming. To enhance your D experience, you are next taken on a tour of the D ecosystem and learn how to make D interact with C. Finally, you get a look at D web development using the vibe.d project and the book closes with some handy advice on where to go next.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Learning D
About the Author
About the Reviewers

MovieMan – wrapping up

Now that we've covered all of the language and standard library features we're going to cover, it's time to add the finishing touches to MovieMan. There are two modules that need to be modified: movieman.db and

The db module

Open up $MOVIEMAN/source/movieman/db.d. We'll start with fleshing out DBTable. At the top of its declaration, add the highlighted line as follows:

T[] _items;
bool _sortRequired;

In order for the movies to display in a sensible order, they'll need to be sorted. We could perform the sort every time a movie is added or every time the movies are displayed. The problem with this is that sorting is going to become an expensive operation as more and more movies are added. There are different solutions to make it more efficient, but to keep things simple, we're only going to sort when it's actually needed. This is tracked by _sortRequired. It should be set each time a new movie is added to the database, so the opOpAssign member function...