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Date: 2004-06-15 (17:42)
From: Jon Harrop <jdh30@c...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] OCaml compared as a scripting language
On Tuesday 15 June 2004 18:15, Richard Jones wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 15, 2004 at 06:13:23PM +0200, wrote:
> > Anyway, all those language comparisons are always biased; is `program
> > length' a good measure of scripting capacity ?  It turns the
> > comparison into a shortest script challenge, doesn't it ?
> Actually it's not a bad measure.  One of the reasons I prefer Perl
> over Java, and OCaml over Perl, is verbosity...

This may be a crazy idea, but is there any formal work on automatically 
factoring higher-order functions out of OCaml programs?

I'm thinking along the lines of a tool which could point out when your code is 
unnecessarily redundant and recommend a common function which could be 
factored out. This seems to be much more interesting in the presence of 

The nearest thing I can think of is in-compiler optimisations like CSE.


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