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From: Chris Hecker <checker@d...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Re: javacaml

>I agree with your conclusions, however you're perhaps slightly too
>harsh with MLj: for developing applet-sized programs, for instance,
>the limitations of MLj (whole-program compilation, size limitations)
>are acceptable.

I agree with this.  I'd be happy with MLj-level functionality for what I want to do.  I wonder how hard it would be to use their work for ocaml.  Is this something that would be good to handle at the C-- level, or are there no types down there so it wouldn't work since the JVM wants types?  I'm not very familiar with C--...are people using it?  It seems like the asmcomp files do something with it, but they don't emit intermediate code as much as intermediate datastructures.  Do they match C-- and it's not emited as a file to save time?

> At any rate, I believe Web applets are a totally uninteresting
>application area.  Most Web designers seem happy with JavaScript
>hacks, and in many years of intense Web surfing, I came across an
>interesting Java applet only once (Certicom's excellent tutorial on
>elliptic curve cryptography).

Really?  I find tons of cool applets that are used for teaching small concepts, everything from sorting to solving PDEs.  I think of them as interactive illustrations in papers, not as full fledged applications.

Chris


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