[Edinburgh-pm] Someone is wrong on the Internet, and I'm worried it's me

Chris Yocum cyocum at gmail.com
Sat Jul 31 13:14:01 PDT 2010

Hi Miles,

Yeah, those sound fine.  O'Caml's first class modules are coming in
O'Caml 3.12 which is in RC at the moment.


On Sat, Jul 31, 2010 at 9:07 PM, Miles Gould <miles at assyrian.org.uk> wrote:
> Help! I said something unsupported on Twitter, and now I'm being asked
> to justify it.
> Enraged by the discovery that there are language designers who think
> it's OK to provide textual whole-file inclusion as the sole
> code-reuse mechanism in fecking 2010, I tweeted
> LANGUAGE DESIGNERS: unless you have a really good idea for a module
> system, just copy Perl or O'Caml. You have no excuse for failure.
> Within minutes, someone replied
> @pozorvlak I don't know Perl or O'Caml's module systems - how to they
> compare with Python?
> Here's what I'm thinking of replying:
> . at ColinTheMathmo Perl's is very similar in easy cases, but has
> import-time hooks which can be (ab)used to great effect.
> . at ColinTheMathmo O'Caml's is best-of-breed among statically-typed
> languages: modules are first-class and can be parametrized.
> Fair enough?
> TIA,
> Miles
> --
> DWIM - Do What I Meant. It describes Perl's sometimes uncanny ability to
> do what you actually meant to do rather than what you thought you meant
> to tell Perl to think that you meant to tell it to do. Or something like
> that. -- Bernard El-Hagin in comp.lang.perl.misc
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