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From: Brian Hurt <bhurt@s...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Polymorphism and the "for" loop
On 22 Oct 2004, skaller wrote:

> On Fri, 2004-10-22 at 12:22, Robert M. Solovay wrote:
> > How does one define a function f of type int -> void? I looked in the
> > OCaml manual and couldn't find any reference to "void". {It is, of course,
> > a familiar concept in C.}
> 
> That's right. Ocaml has no void type. I consider that a bug.

unit is Ocaml's void.  There are some subtle differences, but generally 
anything you use void for in C, you use unit for in Ocaml.

As a side note, the correct return type for functions that don't return is 
'a.  This allows code like:

let do_something = function
	| h :: _ -> h
	| [] -> invalid_arg "do_something failed!"
;;

Note that the invalid_arg function has a type string -> 'a.  

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