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Date: 2004-04-14 (06:33)
From: Kenneth Knowles <kknowles@b...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] suggestion: do not link to
On Tue, Apr 13, 2004 at 11:26:26PM -0700, Brandon J. Van Every wrote:
> I suppose I should have said 'many of the features'.  I would note that
> industry cares the least about advanced type safety.  C# .NET Managed
> Code suffices for now.

I certainly agree that the industry doesn't seem to care about safety.  And
their products reflect it, including my own.  (Don't tell my boss I said that

For me, the type safety and extremely powerful data structures and syntax of
OCaml are why I don't use Scheme, and so I take them as fairly defining traits.
Haskell is the only other major player in my book. 

C#?  I do like it better than Java, and I'm sure it will spread, but anything
without first-class functions (delegates are close, but syntactic abominations -
anonymous inner classes are even more awful) and parametric polymorphism is like
working in the stone age - its not like ML is new.  

> OCaml seems to offer a combination that other languages lack in part:
> 1) garbage collected
> 2) performance.  Lotsa languages can't manage 1 + 2!
> 3) native compiled, byte compiled, or scripted
> 4) type safety
> 5) high level language primitives
> 6) functional or imperative
> Cheers,           
> Brandon Van Every           Seattle, WA
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