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Date: 2006-03-14 (08:57)
From: yoann padioleau <padator@w...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Hello

> > print_string "What's your name ? "; let name = read_line () in Printf.printf
> > "Hello, %s.\n" name ;;
> let o = open_out "filename";;
> output_string o name;;
> close_out o;;

A better (advanced) way is to do it the Lisp way: 

with_open_outfile "filename" (fun chan -> 
  output_string chan name

where with_open_outfile is defined by:

let with_open_outfile filename f = 
 let chan = open_out filename in
 let res = f chan in
   close_out chan;

Everywhere where 2 functions must be balanced (here open and close), it is cleaner to introduce
a single higher-order function to enforce such a protocol.

You can also use a function  unwind_protect (again invented by the Lisp folk I think)
to  also automagically close the channel when  f raise an exception.