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From: Chris Hecker <checker@d...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Camlp4/OCaml [was: Generating C stubs]

I don't want to get into any "human problem" with the inria folks, but a 
brief technical note is warranted, I think:

I believe meta-programming, both at the parsing level that camlp4 does, and 
taking it farther to being able to meta-program with types, other 
semantics, at code gen time, and throughout the compiler, is a very 
important area of research for moving programming languages (and the craft 
of programming) forward.  There seems to be a lot of research on this 
(camlp4 has been referenced in research papers a couple times), and I hope 
there's more in the future.

I don't care much about the revised syntax (I'd switch if it was deemed 
"official"), but the meta-programming part of camlp4 should be valued by 
the team, in my opinion.

When I talk to other programmers in my industry about caml, I mention 
camlp4 as one of the features they should consider when evaluating the 
language relative to other languages.

Chris

"I'd rather write programs to write programs than write programs." - Dick Sites


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