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Date: 2004-04-26 (12:52)
From: skaller <skaller@u...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] [ANN] The Missing Library
On Mon, 2004-04-26 at 22:08, Martin Berger wrote:
> > The result is, in my opinion, the best CS library
> > EVER built. Its just a pity the C++ language doesn't
> > have what it takes to drive it (lexical scoping 
> > like ML has).
> i agree with this. what i wonder is: why not do the STL for
> ocaml? of course ocaml's typing system is not (yet) up
> expressive enough to express/enforce all relevant concepts,
> and may never be, but so what? neither is c++, but the
> STL is highly successful.

ExtLib (the sf one at ocaml-lib.sf.net) does have some
STL like concepts. See below for more comments ..

> maybe this text is of interest:
> http://www.osl.iu.edu/publications/pubs/2003/comparing_generic_programming03.pdf

Yeah, I've read that. There is some interesting
analysis, but the basis is flawed. The authors approached
the subject with a pre-conceived idea, that happens
to be invalid. 

They're basically hooked on 'generic' meaning
what templates do: bind in a macro like manner
by name. This isn't proper polymorphism.

It *is* what provides the functorially polymorphic
behaviour. Aka 'polyadic'. But there are better ways.

Err .. guests arriving .. more later :D

John Skaller, mailto:skaller@users.sf.net
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