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Date: 2001-06-14 (06:20)
From: John Max Skaller <skaller@o...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] ocaml complexity
Brian Rogoff wrote:

> IMO, as someone with old code to maintain, I say fix things and make the
> language as close to perfect as you can. 

	For Ocaml, I agree, but then I don't have that much
old code I care about.

> When OCaml becomes so popular that it one of these standards
> organizations is involved, there will be significantly less ability to
> make incompatible changes.

	I like your positive approach  

	"When Ocaml becomes so popular .." :-)

> Anyways, more growth is good. If OCaml reaches Python's popularity, that
> would be great.

	But Python too is severely constrained by backwards 
compatibility requirements. It is the main reason I gave up on it
as a serious language: it is beyond fixing.

	OTOH, Ocaml doesn't really _need_ fixing :-)

> Perhaps we users should start writing
> tutorials, rather than asking INRIAns, as I'd rather that they work on
> growing the language.

	I'd love to, but the language isn't popular enough for me
to make enough money selling books on it: I'd make a respectable income
from C++ books, but I have lost enthusiasm for promoting it.
Blame Ocaml for that. Catch-22.

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