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Date: 2004-04-14 (00:02)
From: Brandon J. Van Every <vanevery@i...>
Subject: RE: [Caml-list] suggestion: do not link to
Zed A. Shaw
> You know, as kind of an outsider, I didn't know there was any
> other site for ocaml.

As one recently interested in OCaml, I concur.  It took me awhile to
find and to realize that it was in fact the canonical
site.  From a marketing perspective, the ICFP and the Language Shootouts
are the reasons I became interested in OCaml, there are no other
reasons.  A number of other languages have the features, and some have
much better libraries, packages, and industrial provenness.  What OCaml
apparently has is performance.

The only thing I intensely dislike about the website is
the slogan, "The programming tool of choice for discriminating hackers."
This suggests that OCaml is a toy, used by exploratory geeks who don't
know the value of a dollar.  I prefer INRIA's utter blandness to's championing of the hacker geek ethic.

Don't get me started on the Python Software Foundation's utter inability
to market anything.

Brandon Van Every           Seattle, WA

"The pioneer is the one with the arrows in his back."
                          - anonymous entrepreneur

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