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Date: 2001-06-08 (22:18)
From: Miles Egan <miles@c...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] ocaml complexity
On Fri, Jun 08, 2001 at 11:17:26PM +0100, Jonathan Coupe wrote:
> Is Ocaml's acceptability at Pixar independent of its use in the larger
> marketplace? If so, I'm surprised. (I believed that the opposite was the
> case for Lisp, from your comments on cll.) The more people who use a
> language, the more useful it is through the availability of tools, libraries
> and trained programmers.

I'm not denying any of that.  It would be easier to push Ocaml around here if it
had the kind of visibility that Python or Perl enjoys.  I don't feel like
there's much I can personally do to advance Ocaml globally at the moment,
though, so I'm more immediately interested in what I can do locally.

I've been wondering if I was the only one that reads cll and caml-list. ;)

> There's also the larger question of our professional responsibility to
> society. Software quality is a key (though usual buried) problem for the
> modern world. Tools that can improve it are good. Ocaml has significant
> potential to do that. I'd hate to see it under used to the extent that CLOS
> and Smalltalk are.

So would I.  I'm focusing on making my own little dent at the moment.

A little buzzword compliance doesn't hurt, of course, which is why I was
wondering if anyone is working on SOAP libs.

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