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From: Dario Teixeira <darioteixeira@y...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Questions concerning modules as first-class values
Hi,

> I disagree with your terminology. Below is the one I use:
>
> ------------------------------------------
> |          | 0-arity     | n-arity (n>0) |
> ------------------------------------------
> | Value    | constant    | function      |
> |          |             |               |
> | Module   | structure   | functor       |
> ------------------------------------------

This terminology is indeed better.  But note that since modules are now
first-class "values", the word "value" itself becomes ambiguous.  I'm not
trying to be picky; I think that having clear, unambiguous terminology is
essential to properly convey a message, particularly to beginners.


> If I well understood what Alain Frisch and Xavier Leroy explained,
> modules (including both structures and functors) become first class
> value: structures may be converted to records and functors to functions;
> and conversely. But I let more informed person confirm this.

I am not sure about the implementation details, but at least syntax-wise
I did not get the impression that structures would be converted to records.
What do you mean, exactly?

Cheers,
Dario Teixeira