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Date: 2007-03-08 (03:36)
From: Jim Miller <gordon.j.miller@g...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Interactive technical computing
>From a marketing perspective a price point in the 100s is definitely more
reasonable than the thousands, obviously :-)

What's I think is the interesting point about this discussion is "What are
the hurdles toward acceptance of any new language, scripting or not, into a
given community?"  Obviously OCAML and the ML languages have deeply
penetrated some markets but haven't even dented others.  There have been
lots of papers, studies, and discussion written on this (
lambda-the-ultimate.org has many of them archived) so that's probably
something for a different thread to be read wearing flame-retardant

Professionally I'm in a community that could deeply benefit from the type of
language that would allow for scripting, data analysis, etc, that could then
be directly compiled into tight executable code.  While the barriers to
entry to that market could be high, I'm in a position where I could see
selling it.  I could actually get really excited about this.

Probably something to take off list if this is something to pursue

On 3/7/07, skaller <skaller@users.sourceforge.net> wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-03-07 at 22:19 -0500, Jim Miller wrote:
> > Ah, I misunderstood ...
> >
> > I would say that with the researchers I know of and work with, the
> > answer would be no.  $5K these days is a lot of money for most of the
> > scientists I'm working with, to the point that they're actually using
> > Octave and R (free) and moving away from buying their analysis
> > packages.
> So how about $500? I just picked a random number out of the air.
> Don't forget .. the general framework Harrop describes isn't
> restricted to the science market, certainly not just atmospherics.
> Although with the current hype about global warming, atmospheric
> modelling might get additional funds pumped in .. :)
> --
> John Skaller <skaller at users dot sf dot net>
> Felix, successor to C++: http://felix.sf.net