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From: Frank Atanassow <franka@c...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Whither the Caml Consortium?
Rolf Wester wrote (on 23-10-01 15:41 +0200):
> But even if you have a killer-app written in OCaml you will still have to explain 
> to your manager (and even more your colleagues) why you would not have 
> been able to write this app in C++ or Java (or why it would have been much
> more effort to do it in another language). I think that because competing 
> languages are advertised with buzzwords and their list of "advantages" 
> OCaml should be advertised too. OCaml's features should be compared to 
> other languages and statements made concerning other languages should 
> objectively be analyzed and criticized. And if for a certain kind of application
> another language is more suitable this should also be clearly stated. I think
> this could help those who are looking for an alternative to the main stream
> languages and those who have to argue in favour of using OCaml.  

Not that I want to become embroiled in a discussion on the finer points of
propaganda---oops, `advocacy', but you can find such a buzzword list here:

  http://pauillac.inria.fr:80/caml/FAQ/general-eng.html

and here (for SML, but all the points still hold except the last two):

  http://cm.bell-labs.com/cm/cs/what/smlnj/sml.html

Suitable for pointing your colleague to, if (s)he wants to know what (CA)ML is
all about.

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