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Date: 2005-02-10 (17:36)
From: Alex Baretta <alex@b...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Newbe question: Strings <-> char lists
Juancarlo Añez wrote:
> How does one convert a char list to a string?
> Why aren't functions for converting char lists to strings and back part of
> the standard library.
> Haskell allows treating any string as a char list. I don't know what it does
> behind the scenes, but it is mighty convenient.

As far as I now, Haskell actually implements strings as lists of 
characters, which might or might not be a useful abstraction of a 
string, but it is definitely inconvenient from the standpoint of 
computational and memory complexity. This explains the design choices 
behind the Ocaml string type as well as why a mapping from strings to 
char lists is not "standard" in Ocaml.


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