Compile Time Function Execution (CTFE)

You will learn how compile-time function execution (CTFE) works in this lesson.

Compile-time function execution

In many programming languages, computations that are performed at compile time are very limited. Such computations are usually simple like calculating the length of a fixed-length array or simple arithmetic operations:

writeln(1 + 2);

The 1 + 2 expression above is compiled as if it has been written as 3; there is no computation at runtime.

D has CTFE, which allows any function to be executed at compile time as long as it is possible to do so.

Let’s consider the following program that prints a menu to the output:

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