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Date: 2002-10-17 (16:15)
From: brogoff@s...
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] productivity improvement
On Thu, 17 Oct 2002, Jeffrey Palmer wrote:
> Hello all. I have a request.
> Can we please cease the C++ flamefest? Some of us are not able to choose 
> our implementation language quite as easily as others, and, frankly, 
> endless discussions about language X's failings just irritate the 
> people that are forced to use X daily. Making blanket statements like 
> "language X clearly isn't good for anything" is just ridiculous - 
> nothing is ever that clear cut. 

Right, it's also kind of silly because OCaml is an imperative language, so 
flames like "imperative languages suck" belong on the Haskell, Clean, and 
Mercury mailing lists, but not here! 

> If we were to talk about the aspects of C++ (or Java, or ...) that we 
> could apply to ocaml, that might be a different story (there might not 
> be many!)

Sure, you've probably nailed the most popular one, which is doing C++ 
style compilation by monomorphizing everything. I doubt this will happen in 
OCaml because it is a research vehicle for research in language design, 
and that implementation strategy makes lots of things hard in a language like 
OCaml. This where the "Standard" in SML is somewhat meaningful, as some 
researchers in that community have focused on those kind of optimizations. 

There was a recent thread on this, here

-- Brian

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