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From: Alessandro Baretta <alex@b...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] camlimages vs. labltk


Sven Luther wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 26, 2003 at 09:25:48AM +0100, Alessandro Baretta wrote:
> 
> 
> There is already the -pack option, and the right thing to solve this
> problem would be to build all libraries to make usage of it (if
> possible). So you would have a CamlImage.Image module and a Labltk.Image
> module, which work pretty well.
> 
> Now, library writters just need to modify their build system to take
> advantage of it, starting by the INRIA released libraries, especially
> the ones provided by the ocaml tarball directly like labltk.

Sven, someone on this list wisely pointed out that you buy 
nothing by telling someone else "You don't need that 
feature". We do need namespaces. It might not be paramount: 
I'm pretty sure there is something more important to be done 
at Inria. But, please, don't tell me that -pack will cure 
cancer, promote democracy, establish universal peace, and 
make my teeth look whiter. Packing does not allow 
factorizing your code--bytecode, actually--in small reusable 
units. One big .cmo is not as flexible as a .cma. I simply 
might not want to link all of a library: what if it's 
modules contain side-effects? So -pack is good, but 
namespaces are still a necessary feature to Ocaml as to any 
industrial level programming language.


Cheers to all Caml riders,
Alex

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