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Date: 2002-01-25 (11:18)
From: Sven <luther@d...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] gotchas [Was: toplevels]
On Fri, Jan 25, 2002 at 11:59:39AM +0100, Christian Gillot wrote:
> Hi,
> Mensaje citado por: Ian Zimmerman <>:
> > 
> > You make it sound as if ML were the frontier of research .. surely
> > not.  ML has been around for about as long as Unix, and more
> > revolutionary languages like Haskell approach a decade in existence.
> More or less I think so. In the industry functional programming is
> sometimes something unknown (Java/C/C++/VB?). It's not a mainstream 
> language, and when you come from a imperative/OO world, the first step is
> really hard. Because you've got to think in a another way.
>   Not to mention the fact that in the industry seldom use functional 
> programming...
>   I don't deny there's documentation (especially in French, merci) but
> nothing in comparison with other functional languages (scheme and lisp 
> for instance). IMHO, the documentation is not really for beginners.

the oreilly book is currently being translated though. And we are even seing
if it can be packaged, but there are licence problems, as would be expected in
such cases.

> > Christian> I think I'm gonna do a gotcha page, but don't you think
> > Christian> such a page deserve his place on ?
> > 
> > It alredy exists:
> > 
> >
> > 
> > At least 2 of your 3 problems are addressed there, and in its
> > companion FAQ_EXPERT.
> > 
> Right. Could be improved tought. I mean it's not addressing
> the problems I had or others newbies had (example of the
> record) 
> Note that the FAQ (which exist both in french and in english) are not included 
> in the sid debian package. (Sven: could you add this to the packages ?)

Mmm, yes, naturally i could, ...

BTW, you could have told yesterday, i just uploaded a new version of ocaml-doc
which include the camlp4 docs and tutorial.


Sven Luther
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