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Date: 2001-04-03 (09:55)
From: Ohad Rodeh <orodeh@c...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Future of labels, and ideas for library labelling
  I've been using OCaml for several years now, taught
with it, and helped build and maintain a very large (80KLOC) line
serious application with it. I think it is a truly
great language. 

My opinion with regards to Labels is that they are a fine
extension of the language, allowing better documentation and
type checking. However, using compulsory label-mode would require me
to change all my calls to Higher-Order functions in the standard
library (e.g. List.{map,for_all,exists,for_all2,exists2,...}).
I also use the Unix module regularly, and I wouldn't like the added
verbosity of labels. 

So, while labels are a find addition, they should stay out of the way
of ordinary usage, so they are in fact optional much like 
objects, polymorphic variants, and functors. 

All the best, 


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