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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


As a general-purpose language, D has held good potential of being applied in the burgeoning web server domain. D's build speed makes its convenience close to that of scripting languages—the argument goes—and there's also a lot to like about the running speed of the resulting native code, too.

This has remained a theoretical possibility for a good while, until vibe.d came out of nowhere to take the D community by storm. The vibe.d framework is everything that I'd hoped it to be—a comprehensive, compelling, modern framework that wonderfully uses D's features to strike a balance between flexibility, performance, and ease of use.

It is everything I hoped... except for one thing. It doesn't have a good book teaching it properly. Therefore, it's easy to imagine my giddiness now that I was offered the honor to write this foreword for such a book.

Written by Kai Nacke, a long-standing and respected luminary of the D community (known among other things for LDC, the LLVM-based D compiler), D Web Development does an admirable job of taking its reader from not knowing much about web development (as I confess your truly is, or at least was) to getting a high-performance server up and running. Also, customizing it in so many ways: content, localization, data connectivity, interoperation, and defining extensions.

Since its creation, vibe.d has slowly but surely become one of the most important frameworks written in D and simultaneously one of the best examples of using D on large scale, so much so that vibe.d is being made part of the reference D distribution. This book is a necessary and welcome term of that equation.

Andrei Alexandrescu

Co-developer of the D programming language