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Date: 2009-12-21 (14:36)
From: Gerd Stolpmann <gerd@g...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] general question, was Re: OCaml is broken

Am Montag, den 21.12.2009, 15:19 +0100 schrieb Keyan:
> Hi,
> i have a large project written in C++, for which i am planing to write add-ons and tools in ocaml, e.g. different tools to analyse my code (dependency stuff), an interpreter for a script-language i plan to include, etc, etc. form my time at the uni i remembered that ocaml allows to compile libraries which can be included in c/c++ program, and i know people who use it extensively in other projects. therefore, i decided to give ocaml a try. i like functional programming, and my first steps with ocaml are very promising.
> following this discussion, i am not so sure anymore, if ocaml is a good decision. may be i got this discussion wrong, but if ocaml is dying out, i might have to look for another functional programming language to use with my project.
> please dont take this email as an offence. i am just curious. at this point, i can still easily look for an alternative to ocaml, so its best to ask now.

Please don't believe Jon's propaganda. He has just very specific needs
(high performance computing on desktops), and generalizes them in the
way "it's not perfect for me anymore, so it's bad anyway". He has been
doing that for years now, not seeing that he really harms the way ocaml
is seen by newcomers.

The examples you mention are good matches for using ocaml - symbolic
programming with lots of terms and trees. That's the stuff ocaml was
originally developed for, and it delivers excellence performance.

Also, ocaml is still backed by INRIA, and there is still a large
community, including a growing number of industrial users.

Gerd Stolpmann, Bad Nauheimer Str.3, 64289 Darmstadt,Germany
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