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From: Gerd Stolpmann <info@g...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Is OCaml fast?
Am Montag, den 22.11.2010, 15:21 +0200 schrieb Thanassis Tsiodras:
> I apologize beforehand if this is not the forum to ask.
> 
> I am on the fence about whether to learn OCaml or not, and while
> reading an article called "Why OCaml"
> (http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~murphyk/Software/Ocaml/why_ocaml.html), I saw
> that OCaml was praised for the speed of the executables it generates -
> and was referred to, speed-wise, as "second to none", except C and
> C++.
> 
> However, when I actually went to the Language Shootout page suggested
> in the article, I found out that OCaml is not 2nd, it is 13th, behind
> languages like Haskell and C#...
> (http://shootout.alioth.debian.org/u32/which-programming-languages-are-fastest.php)
> 
> Is it just hype, then? Or am I missing something?

I think the shootout is not a good data source. There are definitely
some very poor Ocaml results there, so I'd guess the shootout got
recently more attention by enthusiasts of other languages, and the
current Ocaml programs there are not very good. (I remember Ocaml was #1
at the shootout a few years ago, faster than C.) So maybe a good
opportunity to post better Ocaml solutions there?

Gerd
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