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Date: 2002-08-30 (02:22)
From: Chris Hecker <checker@d...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] mixin modules paper and future?

> > I think that this is an incredibly important feature for
> > caml to make headway into large systems development.
>Do you think so?

You misunderstood what I thought was important, or I was unclear, or 
both.  ;)  I think shipping the mixin system (or any system that allows 
module recursion) is important, not the open problems themselves.  All of 
the examples you mentioned (well, I don't know about Cobol, but all the 
others) allow you to have recursive systems spread across multiple files to 
reduce compile times, limit file length, and break things out conceptually.

The concept of a "forward declaration" is critical to writing large scale 
software effectively, I think.


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