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Date: 2004-03-20 (06:12)
From: Matt Gushee <mgushee@h...>
Subject: Re: OCaml's Cathedral & Bazaar (was Re: [Caml-list] Completeness of "Unix" run-time library)
On Thu, Mar 18, 2004 at 10:57:23AM -0800, Shawn Wagner wrote:

> > project, only more extensive (BTW, why are there two ExtLibs?? One of
> > you change the name, please! Thank you.). Maybe if that project showed
> There are two extlibs because two different people decided to release
> libraries filling in gaps in the standard library, using the obvious name,

[ .... ]

> Even if one of us did change the name of ours, there would still be problems
> if someone wanted to use both, because some modules have the same names.
> I've also noticed other libraries recently where that sort of colllision
> would be a problem. As the available number of libraries for ocaml grows,
> it'll get worse. High on my wish-list for the core ocaml system is
> namespaces or something similiar to help resolve this problem.

Agreed. Even in my fairly short time programming OCaml, I've had to
struggle several times to find a good name for a module.

Although I wasn't being exactly facetious in my remark about ExtLib, I'm
not terribly upset either, and I hope nobody takes my words too
seriously. I certainly understand the problem.

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