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Date: 2005-02-03 (20:35)
From: chris.danx <chris.danx@n...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Estimating the size of the ocaml community
Thomas Fischbacher wrote:
> Yes, indeed. I even learned to know a few people who did an Ocaml-related 
> PhD which afterwards got totally absorbed by the idea that C were the 
> only true and proper programming language.
> Huh.


> Anyway, this leaves us with a very interesting question: how many people 
> actually do believe in the value of Ocaml? I, for myself, use it whenever 
> it is the most appropriate tool for a job (usually, when portability is 
> an issue). This is sometimes the case, but more often than not, LISP 
> turned out to be a better choice for what I do.

Sometimes it's Ocaml, sometimes it's Erlang or Oz, sometimes  it's Ruby, 
etc.  Very rarely do I find C a good match for the problem - it takes a 
certain level of skill to not screw up with C, a level I don't currently 

I use OCaml as my language of choice for graphics work and some general 
purpose tasks.  It's got several benefits over some languages, the 
compiler is pretty good and the community is fairly substantial.  It has 
good library support and some decent tutorials, references.