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Date: 2004-01-27 (08:29)
From: Richard Jones <rich@a...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] ocaml killer
On Fri, Jan 23, 2004 at 01:19:49PM +0300, Alexander Epifanov wrote:
> Hello,
> I have read message about Skala language, and I think (it's only my IMHO),
> that ocaml have no future without some features, like concurrent programming
> (CP) and chance to use libraries from the other languages.

The particular 'feature' of the Skala language is that it compiles to
the JVM.  Unfortunately if you've ever used the JVM you'll know that
typical implementations are slow as hell and have an awful garbage
collector.  Give me the OCaml VM any day (or native code - even

The other features of Skala - data matching on objects, generic
programming - should be added to OCaml (eg. by adding GCaml).

> 1) Erlang uses build in CP, but Skala has a library for it, IMHO it would be a
> good way for ocaml feature. Thread module isn't enough for effective usage of
> CP.
> 2) No one would use ocaml without libraries, and it's so hard to rewrite them
> all in ocaml. external functions aren't enough to use libraries from Languages
> like java or c++.

Yes.  You can use Perl libraries directly in OCaml right now.  And
believe me, Perl libraries are more powerful and more thought out than
Java libraries any day.


Richard Jones.
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