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From: Richard Jones <rich@a...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Re: Common IO structure
Indeed.

People are really missing the point that an API is a user interface
for _programmers_.  The most important thing is that it be easy, short
and simple for programmers to do their job - ie. write _programs_.
'Java.io' and all its miriad of ill-conceived classes which require
you to remember, recall and rewite tons of crap is a great example of
a terrible _programming_ UI.

So a good way to start, and indeed the way I started when thinking
about mod_caml/ocamldbi, is:

* What programs do people need to write?

* What are they going to have to _type_ to write those programs?

Let's get what you need to _type_ as short as possible, and then you
probably have a good UI that _programmers_ can use.

</annoyed mode="off">

Rich.

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