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Date: 2008-04-24 (17:05)
From: Dario Teixeira <darioteixeira@y...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] [OSR] Standard syntax extensions ?

Thanks for your initiative, David!

> * which syntax extensions do you use so often that you consider they
> should be part of the language ?

Though there are a few so useful (open_in, list comprehensions) they
can almost be considered "standard", I still don't think their inclusion
by default is of paramount importance.  The reason?  As long as they
are properly packaged and widely available (namely in the "big three":
GODI, Debian, and Fedora), it makes little difference if they are included
by default or not.  After all, they're just a godi_console/apt-get/yum

Remember the recent thread about ocamlbuild+findlib+camlp4 and the OSR
about standardising naming conventions for syntax extensions [1].  Using
a special ocamlbuild plugin [2], the barrier to using syntax extensions
is so low that you can almost consider them as standard language features.

(In theory, anyway.  For the above-described nirvana to become reality,
P4ck needs to be integrated into GODI.  Have you considered it, Martin?).

Dario Teixeira

[2]: http://brion.inria.fr/gallium/index.php/Using_ocamlfind_with_ocamlbuild

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