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D Web Development

By : Kai Nacke
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D Web Development

By: Kai Nacke

Overview of this book

D is a programming language with C-like syntax and static typing. The vibe.d framework builds on powerful D concepts like template meta-programming and compile-time function execution to provide an easy-to-use environment for web applications. The combination of a feature-rich web programming framework with a language compiling to native code solves two common issues in web development today: it accelerates your development and it results in fast, native web applications. Learning the vibe.d framework before you start your application will help you to choose the right features to reach your goal. This book guides you through all aspects of web development with D and the vibe.d framework. Covering the popular operating systems today, this guide starts with the setup of your development system. From the first Hello World-style application you will move on to building static web pages with templates. The concise treatment of web forms will give you all the details about form handling and web security. Using the abstractions of the web framework you will learn how to easily validate user input. Next, you will add database access to your application, providing persistent storage for your data. Building on this foundation, you will expose your component and integrate other components via REST. Learning about the internals of vibe.d you will be able to use low-level techniques such as raw TCP access. The vibe.d concepts can also be used for GUI clients, which is the next topic that you will learn. vibe.d is supported by an active community, which adds new functionality. This comprehensive guide concludes with an overview of the most useful vibe.d extensions and where to find them. It also shows you how to integrate these extensions in your application. The concepts are always illustrated with source code, giving you an insight into how to apply them in your application.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
D Web Development
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Chapter 1. Getting Started with Your First Web Application

Today's World Wide Web is shaped by sites, such as Facebook and Amazon, that handle millions of users. The vibe.d framework is designed to create fast and scalable web applications. A significant difference from other frameworks is the use of the D programming language.

In this chapter, you will learn the following:

  • How to install a D compiler and the DUB package manager

  • What the prerequisites of the vibe.d framework are

  • What the project structure and files created by the DUB package manager are

  • How to create a simple web application How to develop with the D programming language

The D programming language is a general purpose programming language that offers modern convenience, modeling power, and native efficiency with a familiar C-style syntax. If you are new to D, then you should visit This site contains the language definition, references to the standard libraries, downloads for the D compiler, and a lot of other tools.

If you have any questions about D, then visit the web forum at

To develop an application in D, all you need is your favorite text editor and the D compiler. The vibe.d framework is used for web applications. You can find information about vibe.d and the programming documentation at For any questions about vibe.d, you can use the web forum at

The vibe.d framework has some external dependencies, too. It requires the event notification library libevent and the OpenSSL libraries. If you need more information about these libraries, then please visit and

The following section describes how to install the D compiler, package manager DUB, and dependencies on your operating system.