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Date: 2002-09-01 (20:15)
From: Markus Mottl <markus@o...>
Subject: Re: What kind of industry do you mean? (Was: [Caml-list] objective caml and industry)
On Sun, 01 Sep 2002, Mattias Waldau wrote:
> However, most of people on this list use *nix and create extra libraries
> for O'Caml on *nix. Most of these are useless for making commercial
> sellable software, since if you produce commercial software, you have
> to focus on what makes the software good and sellable, not learning
> how to compile PCRE on windows (Sorry Markus, just an example :-).

No need to feel sorry! I work in a place privileged enough that I can
let Windows rot in benign neglect... ;-)

In any case, the main issue of making PCRE work on Windows is the
C-library, for which you need a C-compiler and linker. The OCaml-part
should work out-of-the-box. It's therefore not so much a problem caused
by INRIA but by Microsoft not shipping standard development tools with
their operating systems.

> So if you want O'Caml to be used by commercial developers creating
> commercial software, make sure that your libraries work on windows.

Well, even with those difficulties put in our way by Microsoft, people
obviously manage to get around them.

> Due to the above reasons I only use core Ocaml and pure
> Ocaml-libraries. I develop under Linux, in order to be able to debug,
> and create release on Windows.

Unfortunately, not everbody has as much choice as we have...

Markus Mottl

Markus Mottl                                   
Austrian Research Institute
for Artificial Intelligence        
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