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Re: [Caml-list] Estimating the size of the ocaml community
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Date: 2005-02-05 (07:14)
From: Kenneth Knowles <kknowles@s...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Estimating the size of the ocaml community
On Fri, Feb 04, 2005 at 02:36:08PM -0500, Ernesto Posse wrote:
>   But language features such as the type system, are by no means the only
> determinant of a language's popularity. There are a few key other
> issues, such as:

The mainstream languages are that way for two reasons: 
(1) They filled a niche at a key moment.  This happens about once a decade, and
by no means selects the "best" language.
(2) They are entrenched (by #1).  When this happens to your language it freezes
and you have to look elsewhere for the cutting edge.

So it all depends on your goals.  Personally, I would prefer for something like
SML to become mainstream, because it is already a relic.  I'd like to see O'Caml
continue as it is - an enormous advantage for those small companies and
individuals who are nimble and adventurous enough to use it, and a reasonably
researchful language.

- Kenn