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From: Gerd Stolpmann <info@g...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Re: Reading 16 bit floats from stream?
Am Dienstag, den 17.10.2006, 16:02 +0200 schrieb Maurizio Colucci:

> BTW, I am a bit surprised the standard library does not offer a way to
> do that. A simple task can become frustrating.

I must say that I do not see the point. Although O'Caml is for
high-level tasks it is unavoidable that you must sometimes look at the
details and understand what's going on under the hood. This is more a
matter of the programmer's general knowledge, and not about how good or
bad a certain library is (which includes what _other_ people consider as
important).

Just to scare you. Before release 3.08 there was no Int32.float_of_bits
in O'Caml, and one had to program such a function with bit shifting
primitives. See how ugly this is (look for the now commented-out
function fp8_of_fp4):

https://gps.dynxs.de/svn/lib-ocamlnet2/trunk/code/src/rpc/rtypes.ml

Gerd

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