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Date: 2010-11-24 (15:30)
From: Thanassis Tsiodras <ttsiodras@g...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Is OCaml fast?
On Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 4:34 PM, Vincent Aravantinos
<> wrote:
> may we know, after all this intense discussion, what is your feeling?

Well... (ducks, wears helmet).

Dr Jon Harrop communicated with me directly (two days ago)... and when
I expressed my lack of faith after reading his "Rise and fall of
OCaml" article at
, he in fact counter-suggested that F# is now the horse to bet on -
so... what do you guys think?

Over the last couple of days, I've played a lot with ocaml (to be
exact, Linux/ocamlopt, since my interest in the speed of what I make
remains dominant) as well as F# (with Visual Studio 2008). To my
limited understanding, the differences between OCaml and F# are small
- and the benefits of direct access to the .NET ecosystem of libraries
seems to counter the ... uncertain status of OCaml libraries. I just
begun looking into all this, so I could be very wrong, of course - but
I am spoiled rotten with Python's libraries, so not having "batteries
included" in OCaml seemed like quite a problem... until I realized F#
completely covers this.

So, to conclude - what do you guys think about F# ?

> Did this debate enlightened your views?
> Did it make arise new questions?
> Are you going to learn Ocaml?
> At least you know now that Ocaml has a lively community :)
> I just hope it did not disgust you...
> Cheers,
> V. Aravantinos

What I gave, I have; what I spent, I had; what I kept, I lost. (Old Epitaph)