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Date: 2000-04-17 (19:04)
From: Markus Mottl <mottl@m...>
Subject: Re: standard library request: purely functional data structures
> Having recently read Chris Okasaki's book by the same name, and noticed
> that there is 3rd party ocaml code for the book, I'd like to request
> that a version of this code be distributed with the standard library
> (or at least the standard distribution), as:
>         1) The library is well documented (by the book)


I take this "(by the book)" as friendly hint to improve documentation of
the sources - sometime...

>         2) The routines are fast and of varying flexibility
>         3) The complixity and other behavior is well analysed
>         4) Chris's book contains haskell and sml97 code. A
>            similar library in ocaml makes it much easier to
>            move to and from ocaml.

At the moment I am not convinced that it is of much use to incorporate
Okasaki's purely functional datastructures into the standard distribution
"as is". Most of the modules lack crucial functionality - the primary
intention was to only demonstrate the most basic operations. It would
surely be nice to extend them, but what concerns me, I am currently under
too heavy workload (exam time) to start this... any volunteers?

Best regards,
Markus Mottl

Markus Mottl,,