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Date: 2003-03-14 (11:50)
From: Markus Mottl <markus@o...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] OCaml popularity
On Fri, 14 Mar 2003, Michal Moskal wrote:
> I don't believe replacing perl scripts with ocaml ones is The Right
> Thing to do... Just because in simple cases perl or sh is going to be
> twice as short. OCaml mainly favors programming in large.

"Short" <> "written quickly". OCaml is certainly more verbose than
Perl or sh for scripting tasks, but this hardly adds to the development
time. Writing down a function call instead of some funny Perl-operator
only requires a second more, but makes parsing scripts much simpler
for humans.

Actually, though I have learnt it, I never use Perl: when I need to write
some really trivial script that just executes a couple of commands, I use
bash. If it's a bit less trivial, OCaml is already the better choice IMHO.

Markus Mottl

Markus Mottl                                   
Austrian Research Institute
for Artificial Intelligence        

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