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Date: 2002-09-20 (18:58)
From: Arnaud SAHUGUET <sahuguet@l...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] OcamlSpread 0.0.1 released
Re: [Caml-list] OcamlSpread 0.0.1 releasedImplementing crypto packages is a real pain.
I wrote an implementation of DES in Java in 1996. Absolutely not interesting for me.

For this kind of stuff, I think writing an oCaml wrapper on top of C library is better.

More seriously, perhaps, a well-known source of flaws is complexity. 
Expressing algorithms in Ocaml is often (much) less complex than 
in C... 

-- That's probably true for public key cryptography. For symmetric key crypto and hash function, the algorithms are not elegant.

In companies, there is always the dilemma: make vs buy.
I think the oCaml community should think about "re-implement vs wrap". I don't think the real value of oCaml programming sits at the level of the OS or the low-level libraries.