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Excellent Free Books to Learn D

D is a general-purpose systems programming language with a C-like syntax that compiles to native code.

It is statically typed and supports both automatic (garbage collected) and manual memory management.

D programs are structured as modules that can be compiled separately and linked with external libraries to create native libraries or executables.


1. Programming in D: Tutorial and Reference by Ali Çehreli

Programming in D

Programming in D aims to to teach D to readers who are new to computer programming. Although having experience in other programming languages is certainly helpful, this book starts from the basics.

Each chapter is based on the contents of the previous ones, introducing as few new concepts as possible. It’s recommended to read the book in chapter order, without skipping chapters if possible.

Although this book was written with beginners in mind, it covers almost all features of D. More experienced programmers can use the book as a D language reference by starting from the index section.

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2. Quick Start with D by Ilya Yaroshenko

Quick Start with DStudents can quickly master the D programming language without a detailed study using mostly its subset, which is close to the C PL.

This material is suitable for someone with experience in C.

It includes the usual “Hello World” program, together with a simple project with dub, plotting with matplotlib, and developing a web application.

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3. D Programming Language Specification

D Programming Language Specification

This document is the reference manual for the D Programming Language.

It details the specification of the language with chapters on lexical, grammar, modules, declarations, types, properties, attributes, pragmas, expressions, statements, arrays, associative arrays, structs and unions, classes, interfaces, enums, type qualifiers, functions, operator overloading, templates, template mixins, contract programming, conditional compilation, traits, error handling, unit tests, and much more.

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