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Date: 2003-05-23 (21:38)
From: William Lovas <wlovas@s...>
Subject: [Caml-list] use of `generics'

Apologies for the slightly off-topic nature of this posting, but i hope
people on the list can provide some insight.

Everytime a discussion pops up on the list about extensional polymorphism,
this question comes to my mind: why does the O'Caml community use the word
`generics' to refer to ad-hoc polymorphism, while e.g. the Java community
uses the same word to refer to parametric polymorphism?

Is it just standard practice for a community to use `generics' to refer to
"the kind of polymorphism we don't have"? :)


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