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Date: 2004-04-14 (06:03)
From: Brandon J. Van Every <vanevery@i...>
Subject: RE: [Caml-list] suggestion: do not link to
John Goerzen wrote:
> Brandon J. Van Every wrote:
> >
> > 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.
> No, it suggests that OCaml is a real language that can be
> used to solve real problems quickly,

To you.  And I submit, you are a techie who thinks the word 'hacker' has
positive connotations.  Suits don't see it that way.  Not that I'm a
suit, but I know in their parlance 'hacker' == amatuer.  The less
technical people are, the more negative the word hacker becomes.  My
point is if you want to grow a language base, there are other
demographics to appeal to besides techies.

> > Don't get me started on the Python Software Foundation's
> > utter inability to market anything.
> Why should they?  They're not a .com.  Python is doing quite well, I'd
> say.

Sure.  A 2% market share can't be wrong.  ;-)  Beats OCaml by a mile

Brandon Van Every           Seattle, WA

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

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