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Date: 2003-03-13 (07:57)
From: Alessandro Baretta <alex@b...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] OCaml popularity

Michael Schuerig wrote:
> On Thursday 13 March 2003 00:13, Martin Weber wrote:
> I've been working on this kind of software for a couple of years and 
> can't say that I'm particularly attracted to it. To be sure, I 
> recognize that there are interesting aspects to it, but it's not what I 
> myself find interesting. Also, as I said before, I don't see that OCaml 
> provides a decisive advantage for *this* kind of software.

Actually, I must say that it does provide THE decisive 
advantage over all other tools I reviewed, at least in terms 
of Web applications. After developing the Xcaml sytem, which 
is currently on Sourceforge--and wanting a little bugfix 
update, coming up--my company is now able to release a new 
custom "enterprise application" to the customer in more or 
less one week's time.

The Xcaml system, which is basically nothing other than 
XML/HTML-embedded Ocaml, is giving us the edge to give our 
customers whatever they ask for the moment they ask for it.

I think that Ocaml is a little more than the "the tool of 
choice for the discriminating hacker": it's tool of choice 
for professional business software development, at least if 
your employees are endowed with a measure of cognitive 
abilities. It does take a little thinking to get the hang of 
Ocaml--and Xcaml equivalently--but not that much after all. 
Hey, it's an imperative language at the end!


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