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Date: 2001-06-08 (16:33)
From: William Chesters <williamc@p...>
Subject: Re: Why is Ocaml better than Java (WAS: [Caml-list] ocaml complexity)
Pierre Weis writes:
 > The more interesting features Caml offers to the programmer are
 > - concrete data types (sum types) along with pattern matching
 > - abstraction facilities thanks to modules (providing abstract data types)

Yes, Java has only one mechanism for abstraction, viz dynamic dispatch
(virtual methods).*  They're quite handy sometimes, hence ocaml's
classes---but increasingly they are no longer seen as the be-all and
end-all of programming.  With C++ moving more and more towards
templates, i.e. modules in the ML sense, "selling" other paradigms can
only get easier.

* unless you count data hiding as such to be a mechanism which I
hardly do :)
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