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Date: 2002-02-04 (23:28)
From: Markus Mottl <markus@o...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] syntax change (was: camlp4o problem)
On Mon, 04 Feb 2002, Benjamin C. Pierce wrote:
> I *do* think the OCaml team should be terrified of syntax changes.
> At this stage, one of the things that is most hampering the spread of
> OCaml, particularly in educational settings, is the dearth of books.
> If incompatible changes are not kept to a minimum, no one will want to
> write any, and the few that do get written will quickly go out of date.

Nobody is saying that such changes should be done right now or in the
near future, but that there should be a plan about them. I am sure that
nobody would say that keeping the current syntax like a rigid corset
forever would benefit long-term evolution of the language. Note that it
becomes even more difficult to change things if the number of users grows.

Markus Mottl

Markus Mottl                                   
Austrian Research Institute
for Artificial Intelligence        
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